MAXINE LEEDS CRAIG. Sorry I Don't Dance: Why Men Refuse to Move

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
The body is increasingly the focus of social science research, yet scant
attention has been given to how bodies move, how habits of movement are
acquired and what that may tell us about race, gender, and sexuality.
Craig's forthcoming book places ethnographic observation and interviews
into a larger social history of how recreational dance became associated
with women rather than men, youth culture rather than adult life, queer but
not straight men, and racial minorities rather than whites. By examining a
practice that masculinity seems to exclude, Sorry I Don't Dance examines
men living or solving the mind/body problem as dancers, reluctant dancers,
or sitters-out. 

MAXINE CRAIG is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Chair
of the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research at the
University of California, Davis.  She received her doctorate in Sociology
from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Ain't I a Beauty
Queen? Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race. (Oxford University
Press 2002) was the winner of the Best Book award on the Political History
of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S by the Section on Race,
Ethnicity, and Politics of the American Political Science Association. She
is a deputy editor of Gender & Society.