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Törnqvist, M. (2018). Rethinking intimacy: Semi-anonymous spaces and transitory attachments in Argentine tango dancing. Current Sociology, 66(3), 356-372
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rethinking intimacy: Semi-anonymous spaces and transitory attachments in Argentine tango dancing
2018 (English)In: Current Sociology, ISSN 0011-3921, E-ISSN 1461-7064, Vol. 66, no 3, p. 356-372Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although intimacy is an area characterized by great variety and complexity, both popular and academic discourses have traditionally revolved around a restricted number of associations, of which the family, the romantic couple and friendship bonds have resided at the very centre. In this article the author argues that an analytical shift that addresses intimacy in terms of a relational quality - a specific mode of interaction and a particular experience of closeness - instead of a set of relationships, may assist in exploring a wider range of phenomena. This approach is used to study Argentine tango dancing. Ethnographic fieldwork locates the search to the dim-lit dancehalls of Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Stockholm, and accounts for experiences of transitory semi-anonymous attachments. The study concludes tango to be a multifold intimate arena that unveils how complex webs of feelings are entangled with the social organization of attachments.

Abstract [fr]

Bien que l'intimite soit un domaine d'une large variete et d'une grande complexite, les discours populaires et universitaires mettent l'accent sur un nombre limite d'associations qui ressortent de la famille, du couple romantique et des liens d'amitie. Dans cet article, je montre qu'une analyse de l'intimite axee sur la qualite relationnelle, c'est-a-dire un mode specifique d'interaction et une experience particuliere de la proximite qui ecarte une approche globale de relation, peut nous aider a etudier un plus large eventail de cas. J'ai adopte cette approche pour etudier des bals de tango argentin. Mon terrain ethnographique a ete realise dans les salles de danse aux lumieres tamisees de Buenos Aires, de San Francisco et de Stockholm en vue de recueillir les experiences d'attachements transitoires et semi-anonymes. Cette etude conclut a l'existence d'espaces d'intimite multiples qui revelent l'imbrication de reseaux complexes de sentiments avec l'organisation sociale des attachements.

Abstract [es]

Aunque la intimidad es un area caracterizada por una gran variedad y complejidad, los discursos populares y academicos han girado tradicionalmente alrededor de un numero limitado de asociaciones, de las cuales la familia, la pareja romantica y los lazos de amistad son centrales. En este articulo argumento que un cambio analitico que aborda la intimidad en terminos de una calidad relacional -un modo especifico de interaccion y una experiencia particular de cercania- en lugar de un conjunto de relaciones puede ayudar a explorar una gama mas amplia de fenomenos. Se utiliza este enfoque para estudiar el baile de tango argentino. El trabajo de campo etnografico ubica la busqueda en los salones de baile sombrios de Buenos Aires, San Francisco y Estocolmo, y explica las experiencias de apegos transitorios semi-anonimos. El estudio concluye que el tango es una arena intima que revela la complejidad de las redes de sentimientos que se entremezclan con la organizacion social de los apegos.

Keywords
Argentine tango dancing, body, ethnography, intimacy, semi-anonymous space, transitory attachments, Intimité, bals de tango argentin, corps, ethnographie, espace semi-anonyme, attachement transitoire, Intimidad, Tango argentino, Cuerpo, Etnografía, espacio semi-anónimos, apegos transitorios
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353378 (URN)10.1177/0011392116681385 (DOI)000430329300002 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-06-19Bibliographically approved
Törnqvist, M. (2018). Stunder av total sammansmältning: Essä i programboken för teaterföreställningen Ocean. Stockholm: Unga Klara
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stunder av total sammansmältning: Essä i programboken för teaterföreställningen Ocean
2018 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Essä i programboken för teaterföreställningen Ocean. Pjäsen handlar om olika former av intimitet och utgår från forskningsprojektet "Intimitetens sociala former: Närhetspraktik och identitet i kollektivt boende, husdjursrelationer och pardans". Projektet, som finansieras av Vetenskapsrådet, undersöker kollektivboenden, relationen mellan människor och djur, ridskolor, stödgrupper för sexmissbrukare och dansentusiaster. Pjäsen inkluderar även ett särskilt fokus på relationer över nätet. Pjäsen är skriven och regisserad av Paula Stenström Öhman. Pjäsen kunde förverkligas bland annat tack vare ett anslag från Riksbankens jubileumsfond, genom projektet Sociologi för scen.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Unga Klara, 2018. p. 8
Keywords
Intimitet, teater, socialitet, relationer, identitet, digitalisering, sociala medier, internet, kollektivboende, husdjur, hästar, ridning, dans, dansband, tango, sexmissbruk, gruppterapi, Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Sigmund Freud, Zygmunt Bauman
National Category
Sociology Performing Art Studies Gender Studies Pedagogy
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343884 (URN)
Projects
Intimitetens sociala formerSociologi för scen
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, KOM16-1384:1
Available from: 2018-03-02 Created: 2018-03-02 Last updated: 2018-03-02
Törnqvist, M. (2015). Erkännandets sociologi: (Om Per Anders Fogelström). In: Christofer Edling och Jens Rydgren (Ed.), Sociologi genom litteratur: . Arkiv förlag & tidskrift
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Erkännandets sociologi: (Om Per Anders Fogelström)
2015 (Swedish)In: Sociologi genom litteratur / [ed] Christofer Edling och Jens Rydgren, Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2015
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283066 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-10 Created: 2016-04-10 Last updated: 2016-04-10
Törnqvist, M. (2015). Performing politics, producing privilege: Student formation at an internationally oriented Swedish upper secondary school. In: No3h juin 2015, Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique: . Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performing politics, producing privilege: Student formation at an internationally oriented Swedish upper secondary school
2015 (English)In: No3h juin 2015, Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique , 2015Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, 2015
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283067 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-10 Created: 2016-04-10 Last updated: 2016-04-10
Törnqvist, M. (2013). Tourism and the Globalization of Emotions: The Intimate Economy of Tango. New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tourism and the Globalization of Emotions: The Intimate Economy of Tango
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Today, an increasing number of people from all over the world travel to Buenos Aires to dance tango. To accommodate these intimate voyagers, tourist agencies offer travel packages, including classes in tango instruction, dance shoe shopping, and special city maps pointing out the tango clubs in town. Some of these agencies even provide “taxi dancers” — mainly Argentine men, who make a living by selling themselves as dance escorts to foreign women on a short term stay. Based on a cheek-to-cheek ethnography of intimate life in the tango clubs of Buenos Aires, this book provides a passionate exploration of tango — its sentiments and symbolic orders — as well as a critical investigation of the effects of globalization on intimate economies. Throughout the chapters, the author assesses how, in an explosive economic and political context, people’s emotional lives intermingle with a tourism industry that has formed at the intersection of close embrace dances and dollars. Bringing economies of intimacy centre stage, the book describes how a global condition is lived bodily, emotionally and politically, and offers a rich, provocative contribution to theorizing today’s global flows of people, money, and fragile dreams. As the narrative charts a course across a sea of intense, immediate emotional sensations, taken-for-granted ideas about sex, romance and power twist and turn like the steps of the tango.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2013
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212683 (URN)9780415892209 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2013-12-18Bibliographically approved
Törnqvist, M. (2012). Troubling Romance Tourism: Sex, Gender, and Class inside the Argentinean Tango Clubs. Feminist review (Print), 102
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Troubling Romance Tourism: Sex, Gender, and Class inside the Argentinean Tango Clubs
2012 (English)In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, Vol. 102Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188887 (URN)
Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Törnqvist, M. (2012). Troubling romance tourism: sex, gender and class inside the Argentinean tango clubs. Feminist review (Print) (102), 21-40
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Troubling romance tourism: sex, gender and class inside the Argentinean tango clubs
2012 (English)In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, no 102, p. 21-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims to explore and make theoretical sense of a stream of tourism that blurs the boundaries between sex, romance and intimacy, and diffuses the line between affectionate and economic relations. The empirical scope is the expanding international tourism of tango dancing-meaning the increasing number of people from all over the world travelling to Buenos Aires to dance tango and engage with the local tango culture. In contrast to women's sex tourism on the beaches of Jamaica and Ghana, the relationships evolving in the Argentinean dance halls only occasionally lead to sexual affairs and temporary romances, but they are still part of a sensual geography made up of a transnational skin-to-skin intimacy. In addition, the relations between local dancers and tourists rarely result in economic transactions of sex for money; however, they engage with a growing market of intimate dance services and ore part of the economic injustices and exotified projections of our post-colonial time. Hence, this article seeks to shed critical light over a broader area of transnational romance. The case of tango evokes new sets of critical queries regarding the trade of bodily intimacy and affection; the consequences of economic inequality in the area of heterosexual romance; and the production of class morals and racialised gender regimes. Through an exploration of these intimate practices, discourses and sets of emotions produced in this particular context, a complex landscape of market forces and close-embrace dancing unfolds.

Keywords
romance tourism, tango dancing, intimacy, gender, social class, Argentina
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-185481 (URN)10.1057/fr.2012.12 (DOI)000310192800002 ()
Available from: 2012-11-27 Created: 2012-11-26 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Törnqvist, M. (2012). Varannan damernas eller hela makten?. In: Klara Arnberg, Fia Sundevall och David Tjäder (Ed.), Könspolitiska nyckeltexter. Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Varannan damernas eller hela makten?
2012 (Swedish)In: Könspolitiska nyckeltexter / [ed] Klara Arnberg, Fia Sundevall och David Tjäder, Makadam Förlag, 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Makadam Förlag, 2012
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188888 (URN)978-91-7061-105-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2013-01-09Bibliographically approved
Törnqvist, M. (2010). Love Impossible: Troubling Tales of Eroticized Difference in Buenos Aires. In: Anna Jónasdóttir, Valerie Bryson and Kathleen Jones (Ed.), Sexuality, Gender and Power: Intersectional and Transnational Perspectives. New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Love Impossible: Troubling Tales of Eroticized Difference in Buenos Aires
2010 (English)In: Sexuality, Gender and Power: Intersectional and Transnational Perspectives / [ed] Anna Jónasdóttir, Valerie Bryson and Kathleen Jones, New York: Routledge, 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2010
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220174 (URN)
Available from: 2014-03-11 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2014-03-11
Törnqvist, M. (2010). Tangoexperimentet. Stockholm: Ruin
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tangoexperimentet
2010 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Ruin, 2010
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220167 (URN)
Available from: 2014-03-11 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2014-03-11
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