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Embodying Gender provides students and academics with a critical overview of body concepts in both sociology and in feminism. Previously, sociologists have attempted to gender the body and feminists have attempted to embody gender but Alexandra Howson's accessible new text draws these two literatures together, pointing to ways of integrating feminist perspectives on the body into sociological theory.Surveying all the key concepts in the field, this book introduces us to an extensive range of 'narratives of embodiment' and presents a full analysis of the most important texts in new feminist theories of the body.Key questions covered include: o What can sociology say about the body?o What impact has the body made on sociology?o What conceptual frameworks are used to address the body? How do these relate to issues of gender and embodied experience?o How do feminist conceptual tools sit within sociological analysis?Written in a clear, accessible style, Embodying Gender is an invaluable text for undergraduate students, postgraduates and academics in the fields of women's and gender studies and sociology, and is particularly relevant to those specialising in sociology of the body, feminist theory and social theory.

Mirrors, Lips and other Metaphors: Feminism, the Body and Psychoanalysis
Mirrors, lips and other metaphors: Feminism, the body and psychoanalysis

The female body has occupied an equivocal presence within feminism. Though feminist activism more willingly engaged with the body at the level of experience, Anglo-American academic feminism, until the 1980s, did not generally equate the subordination of women with concerns about the body. While certain dimensions of female embodiment were central to radical feminist debates about women's subordination, female embodiment was not the focal point of academic feminism. However, the body has become the focus of substantive and theoretical treatment across feminisms in the social sciences and humanities and academic feminism has turned its gaze more explicitly on embodiment and the divisions that accompany it between ...

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