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Healing through Movement: The Benefits of Belly Dance for Gendered Victimization
Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work (2014)
  • Angela M. Moe, Western Michigan University
Abstract
Perceptions of “belly dance” are that it is degrading, exploitive, and incongruous to feminism. Curiously, however, the dance is incredibly popular in various parts of the world, including the United States, as a form of recreation and creative expression. This paper examines the apparent disconnect between public perception and practitioner standpoint. Findings indicate a strong holistic healing component, particularly in terms of gendered interpersonal victimization, where belly dance seems to hold potential for self-exploration and discovery. Grounded historically, culturally and empirically, these findings are discussed in terms of their application to social work practice as it relates to alternative therapies.
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Angela M. Moe. "Healing through Movement: The Benefits of Belly Dance for Gendered Victimization" Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/angela_moe/23/