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Rethinking intimacy: Semi-anonymous spaces and transitory attachments in Argentine tango dancing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden.
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 66, no 3, p. 356-372
Keywords [en]
Argentine tango dancing, body, ethnography, intimacy, semi-anonymous space, transitory attachments
Keywords [fr]
Intimité, bals de tango argentin, corps, ethnographie, espace semi-anonyme, attachement transitoire
Keywords [es]
Intimidad, Tango argentino, Cuerpo, Etnografía, espacio semi-anónimos, apegos transitorios
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353378DOI: 10.1177/0011392116681385ISI: 000430329300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353378DiVA, id: diva2:1221108
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-06-19Bibliographically approved

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