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LGBT+ ballroom dancers and their shoes: Fashioning the queer self into existence

Wong, Yen Nee (2023) LGBT+ ballroom dancers and their shoes: Fashioning the queer self into existence. Current Sociology, . ISSN 0011-3921. E-ISSN 1461-7064. (doi:10.1177/00113921231182182) (KAR id:101903)


This article examines the role of dance shoes in LGBT+ ballroom dancers’ identity formation and expression on the dancefloor. Applying Entwistle’s (2015) ‘situated bodily practice’ to an analysis of ethnographic field notes and 35 interviews, I highlight that dancers’ performative constitution of subversive identities through reiterative mobilisation of the traditional symbolic values of dance shoes is influenced by the material. The article makes a key contribution to sociological knowledge on

performativity through an introduction of materialities of place, bodies and artefacts into a close reading of reiterative acts. I argue that a closer look into performative acts is necessary for determining whether and how resistance is constituted, recognised and reproduced, taking into account how materialities interweave with discourse in order to give credit to subversive agents emerging in the micro-moments.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00113921231182182
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled keywords: Ballroom dancing, dance shoes, embodiment, LGBT+, materialities, performativity, equality, DanceSport, materialities, sociology, bodies, queer, resistance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Yen Nee Wong
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2023 12:00 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:59 UTC
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