Título "My job is to keep my body healthy": biopedagogies, beauty and institutional greed in professional ballet
Autores Carral, Maria del Rio , LaMarre, Andrea , GEMIGNANI, MARCO
Publicación externa No
Medio PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH
Alcance Article
Naturaleza Científica
Cuartil JCR 2
Cuartil SJR 1
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85148604811&doi=10.1080%2f08870446.2023.2181364&partnerID=40&md5=cf4b828a4720fc85e66410879f019c41
Fecha de publicacion 21/02/2023
ISI 934594500001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85148604811
DOI 10.1080/08870446.2023.2181364
Abstract ContextThe ballet institution is known for its aesthetic and performative standards. In professional dancers\' everyday lives, self-improvement and body awareness entwine with striving for artistic excellence. In this context, \'health\' has primarily been explored in relation to eating disorders, pain, and injuries.AimThis paper explores dancers\' health practices, namely how they are shaped by the ballet institution and how they relate to broader health discourses.MethodologyA reflexive thematic analysis was conducted upon interviews with nine dancers (each interviewed twice) using a theoretical framework based on the concepts of greedy institutions and biopedagogies.AnalysesTwo themes were developed: What it takes to be an \'insider\' of the ballet institution and Learning to develop an acute embodied self-awareness. Dancers described ballet as a \'lifestyle\' rather than a \'job\'; practices of self-care defined by continuous self and body work were framed as necessary to meet the demands of this lifestyle. Participants \'played with\' institutional and societal norms, often resisting docile bodies promoted within the ballet institution.ConclusionDancers\' constructions of health and the art of ballet as not fitting neatly into \'good\' nor \'bad\' make room to consider the tensions between adopting and resisting dominant health discourses in this institution.
Palabras clave Greedy institutions; ballet dancers; biopower; biopedagogies; embodied practices; health practices
Miembros de la Universidad Loyola

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