Self-Concept in Androgynous Dancers

  • Dian Purnamasari, Suko Widodo


Background: Androgyny in Indonesia has proven its ability through the talent show both domestic and abroad. Although the androgynous dancers have more widely presented themselves to the public, their self-concept is still often equated with transgender or transsexual. In fact, self-concept is one indicator that brings self-confidence to produce achievement.

Aim: This study aims to explore the self-concept of androgyny in Indonesia. In addition to differentiating their behavior while in their work and social environment, this study also looks at the significant other influence on the formation of an androgynous character.

Methods: The object of the case study in this research was androgynous dancers. Dancers are jobs that explore body movements, therefore the self-concept of androgynous dancers is interesting to study. This study used a case study of the Wap Crew dancers group, a dance group that has participated in various talent shows. Moreover, the researchers collected the data was through in-depth interviews. In-depth interviews were conducted with androgynous dancers and their closest relatives in order to find out the influence of other significant. Then, to analyze the data, it was used the concepts of mind, self, and society, which were further elaborated with the symbolic interactionism theory presented by George Herbert Mead.

Result: The result of this study was androgynous dancers have a different self-concept between being a dancer and being in their social environment.

Conclusion: Based on this research, it can be concluded that the self-concept of androgyny is influenced by significant others. From this self-concept, it appears that androgyny has its own style that cannot be equated with transgender or transsexual.