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Oriental Fantasy: A postcolonial discourse analysis of Western belly dancers’ imaginations of Egypt and dance festivals in Egypt
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of History, Tourism and Media. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Belly dance is popularly practised in the West, and every year, thousands of enthusiasts and professionals from around the world travel to attend belly dance festivals in Egypt, which is considered the cultural centre of the dance. This bachelor’s thesis examines the discourses produced by Western or ʽwhiteʼ belly dancers from Sweden and Finland, on the topics of tourism in Egypt and belly dance festivals in Egypt. The texts are analysed using James Paul Gee's discourse analytical framework, combined with postcolonial theory, complemented with an intersectional approach. From the postcolonial and feminist perspectives, belly dance discourse in the West and tourism discourse are problematic, as they perpetuate Orientalist tropes and unequal global power structures, which build on colonial discourse. It is hoped that by identifying and questioning these aspects of discourse that are problematic in terms of equity, this study will make a small contribution towards mitigating its adverse effects, and towards social change.

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2015. , 76 p.
Keyword [en]
Tourism, belly dance, Oriental dance, Egypt, women, white women, postcolonialism, intersectionality, Orientalism, Discourse, Nordic exceptionalism
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Globalization Studies Performing Arts International Migration and Ethnic Relations Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125565OAI: diva2:907053
Subject / course
Tourism Programme
2015-10-21, Diskuteket, ISAK, Campus Valla, Linköping University, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)

ORCID for Mavis Hooi : 0000-0002-0049-1095

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