Abstract

Abstract:

A combination of ethnographic research and close reading reveals that the traditional dances of contemporary Tajikistan are built upon a contradictory logic of gender performance. Professional dancers perform Tajik femininity envisioned as passiveness, youthfulness, and innocent pastoralism, even while women dancers suffer significant social stigma as a result of their public performances. This reveals a deeper contradiction between the Tajik national identity as currently constructed and cultural ideas about gender and modernity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2109
Print ISSN
0742-5457
Pages
pp. 329-353
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-14
Open Access
No
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