Dance Diversity on YouTube: How Participatory Culture Encourages Inclusive Masculinities

Owen, Craig and Riley, Sarah (2020) Dance Diversity on YouTube: How Participatory Culture Encourages Inclusive Masculinities. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 261-282. ISBN 978-3-030-19799-5

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Anglo-American cultures traditionally constructed dance as a feminine activity, thus devaluing it, and making men who danced vulnerable to homophobia. But the emergence of new practices of masculinity offers the possibilities for dance to be repositioned. In this chapter, we examine such possibilities through an analysis of ten of the most popular YouTube videos of men dancing to the Beyoncé Knowles dance video ‘Single Ladies’. We use these videos as an example of a range of representations of men dancing, afforded by technological developments and participatory culture. Employing a multimodal analysis, with a theoretical lens informed by inclusive masculinity theory, performativity theory, and the technologies of sexiness framework, our analysis explores the enactment of orthodox and inclusive masculinities, their intersections, complexities in interpretations, and instances of subversion and recuperation. Our findings point to an increasing visibility and celebration of male dancers who enjoy performing in an effeminate or camp manner; the proliferation of playful masculinities as enacted through differing blends of pastiche, parody and drag; and the subsequent challenge of making sense of these complex representations of gender, in terms of their ability to support the performance of more inclusive and expressive masculinities, and/or to be recuperated back into orthodox discourses of masculinity. Ultimately, the chapter points to the importance of research into new and potentially innovative performances of masculinities within a complex, digitally mediated cultural context.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Dance, Inclusive Masculinities, Participatory Culture
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 15:29
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 09:42

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