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Journal: 
NJ (Drama Australia Journal)
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Jack Migdalek
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
32
Issue No.: 
1
Page numbers of article: 
45-54
Year of publication: 
2009
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

This paper problematises embedded notions of masculine and feminine embodiment within the contexts of contemporary Australian mainstream popular culture. Drawing on Bourdieu's theory of 'habitus' as non- consciously performed practices '…internalised as second nature and so forgotten', personal reflections as artist, choreographer and teacher, and a brief analysis of the male body in the television program, 'So You Think You Can Dance Australia' (Ten Network, 2008), the author questions and considers the development of habitual ways of perceiving particular forms of male embodiment as aesthetic and attractive, and other forms as un-aesthetic. Further, the impact of the author's own experiences as actor/dancer and choreographer are considered in relation to his work as a director and choreographer of 'the bodies of male and female students' in school productions. Through this paper, the author conjectures about the potential for the drama classroom to be a site in which embodied gender inequities may be challenged and deconstructed.

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