Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038506062031
Title: 'Just crumbling to bits'? An exploration of the body, Ageing, injury and career in classical ballet dancers
Authors: Wainwright, S.P.
Turner, B.S. 
Keywords: Ageing
Body
Career
Dance
Embodiment
Injury
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Citation: Wainwright, S.P., Turner, B.S. (2006-04). 'Just crumbling to bits'? An exploration of the body, Ageing, injury and career in classical ballet dancers. Sociology 40 (2) : 237-255. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038506062031
Abstract: Ballet is, for reasons that are unclear, a neglected topic in the sociology of the body. Our article works on three levels: firstly, as an account of ex-dancers''lived experience' of embodiment; secondly, as an application of Bourdieu's theoretical schema; and thirdly, as a philosophically grounded critique of radical social constructionist views of the body.We describe Royal Ballet dancers' perceptions of their bodies, of ageing, of injury and of their careers.We draw on Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and cultural capital in our investigation of embodiment. Ageing and injury are potential epiphanies that encourage dancers to reflect on their embodied habitus and their career. We argue that the decline in a dancer's physical capital undermines radical social constructionist views.This study, although set within the narrow field of dance, illuminates the broader relationships between the body, self, and society. © 2006 BSA Publications Ltd®.
Source Title: Sociology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/116879
ISSN: 00380385
DOI: 10.1177/0038038506062031
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