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Embodied Practices : Feminist Perspectives on the Body - Kathy Davis

Embodied Practices

Feminist Perspectives on the Body

By: Kathy Davis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780761953630
Number Of Pages: 224

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This book focuses on the significance of the body in contemporary feminist scholarship. In recent years, the body has become a `hot item' in both contemporary social theory and research. This renewed interest has received a mixed reaction from feminists. While the body may be back, the `new' body theory often proves to be just as disembodied as it ever was. The body revival seems to be less an attempt to re-embody masculinist science than just another expression of the same condition which evoked the feminist critique in the first place: a flight from femininity and everything that is associated with it in western culture.

Embodied Practices offers a critical appraisal of the recent `body revival', drawing upon insights from contemporary feminist theories on gender and power to explore the subject. The book sets an agenda not only for research about the body but for an embodied perspective on the body as well.

Industry Reviews

`These essays are likely to be welcomed by those coming from a women's studies perspective....In addition, they open up possibilities for articulating an embodied theory of the body, which will be of interest to students of sociology or cultural theory and feminists alike' - Times Higher Education Supplement

`As the editor of this exciting collection notes, while bodies are "in" in social and cultural theory, there has been a surprising neglect of the gendered nature of embodiment. This book presents fascinating and original accounts of the nature and meaning of female bodies over a range of cultural and political contexts and practices. The book's strengths lie in its successful melding of contemporary theory with empirical research and grounded examples of women's embodiment' - Deborah Lupton, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

`An excellent collection on the body from a specifically feminist perspective... a solid empirical work imbued with cutting-edge theorizing. Political implications for women are always foregrounded' - Judith Lorber

Embody-ing Theory
Beyond Modernist and Postmodernist Readings of the Body
The Female Body: Difference and Power
Reading the Body
Young Women's Accounts of Their Bodies in Relation to Autonomy and Independence
Performing the Body, Creating Culture
Female Bodies and Brittle Bones
Medical Interventions in Osteoporosis
The Body of Gender Difference
Victims or Offenders? 'Other' Women in French Sexual Politics
Sex as Usual
Body Politics and the Media War in Serbia
Feminist Interventions in Body/Politics
Erotic Bodies
Images of the Disabled
Women's Public Toilets
A Serious Issue for the Body Politic
Chic Outrage and Body Politics
'My Body Is My Art'
Cosmetic Surgery as Feminist Utopia?
The Researching Body
The Epistemophilic Project
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ISBN: 9780761953630
ISBN-10: 0761953639
Series: European Journal of Women's Studies Readers
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.55  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39