The Social Construction of Gender in Mahesh Dattani's ‘Dance like a Man’

Keywords : Gender, Dattani's, Social Construction, Socialized Role


Gender is means of determining the socialized role of male and female. It decides either men or woman’s roles and works in Society and these are to be played by the male and female. The identity of man delineates his work and sexuality. Doing female’s work is challenging to his gender role in social construct. Hence, man’s favor to female activity like dance could be criticized by the society. Mahesh Dattani's through his ‘Dance like a Man’ has dealt with problem of social construction of gender which has devoid and socially exploit male protagonist from his art of dancing Bharatnatyam.


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