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Embodied Practices

Embodied Practices
Feminist Perspectives on the Body

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September 1997 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book focuses on the significance of the body in contemporary feminist scholarship. Whether the body is treated as biological bedrock or subversive metaphor, it is implicated in the cultural and historical construction of sexual difference as well as asymmetrical power relations. The contributors to this volume examine the role of the body as socially shaped and historically colonized territory and as the focus of individual womenÆs struggles for autonomy and self-determination. They also analyze its centrality to the feminist critique of male-stream science as dualistic, distanced, and decontextualized. While the body has become a "hot item" in contemporary social theory and research, the renewed interest has received a mixed reaction from feminists. The body may be back, but 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 that evoked the feminist critique in the first place: a flight from femininity and everything that is associated with it in Western culture. Drawing on insights from contemporary feminist theories of gender and power, this book offers a timely critical appraisal of the recent "body revival." Embodied Practices not only sets an agenda for research about the body, but for an embodied perspective on the body as well. It will be a valuable and thought-provoking resource for students of womenÆs studies, social theory, cultural studies, and medical sociology.

Kathy Davis
Embody-ing Theory
Beyond Modernist and Postmodernist Readings of the Body

Anne Woollett and Harriette Marshall
Reading the Body
Young Women's Accounts of Their Bodies in Relation to Autonomy and Independence

Anna Aalten
Performing the Body, Creating Culture
Ineke Klinge
Female Bodies and Brittle Bones
Medical Interventions in Osteoporosis

Gesa Lindemann
The Body of Gender Difference
Rachel A Bloul
Victims or Offenders? `Other' Women in French Sexual Politics
Dubravka Zarkov
Sex as Usual
Body Politics and the Media War in Serbia

Gon Buurman
Erotic Bodies
Images of the Disabled

Julia Edwards and Linda McKie
Women's Public Toilets
A Serious Issue for the Body Politic

Joanne Finkelstein
Chic Outrage and Body Politics
Kathy Davis
`My Body Is My Art'
Cosmetic Surgery as Feminist Utopia?

Monica Rudberg
The Researching Body
The Epistemophilic Project


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