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Title: POSSIBILITIES OF YOGA: DESTABILISING GENDERED BINARIES OF SPACE THROUGH THE YOGI BODY
Authors: TAN XIN MIN JOY
Keywords: yoga, embodied, gender, paradoxical spaces, affect, performativity, intersectionality.
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: TAN XIN MIN JOY (2017). POSSIBILITIES OF YOGA: DESTABILISING GENDERED BINARIES OF SPACE THROUGH THE YOGI BODY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Despite the growing popularity of the yoga culture in Singapore and around the world, little has been written about its gendered spatialities. Feminist geographers have sought to destabilise gendered binaries of spaces by focusing on embodiment to reveal multiple understandings of masculinity and femininity. In this paper, I investigate how yoga destabilises gendered binaries of yogi bodies as/in space by utilising four inter-related concepts: paradoxical space, affect, performativity and intersectionality. I demonstrate how yoga can re-write gendered spaces by bringing to consciousness the affective and performative nature of the yogi body as/in space, which continuously shape gendered identities and space(s) into being. Through qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews, diaries and participant observation, this research contributes to feminist geographers’ work on the body in troubling hegemonic masculinist constructions of space. Furthermore, this research could potentially establish affect as an instrument to feminist geography by providing an empirical context in which it could be meaningfully studied.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/143851
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