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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.

Embodying Gender/Gendering the Body
Embodying gender/gendering the body

While many feminists are sympathetic to the expressed concern for ‘bringing the body in’ to scholarship, the body has never been fully absent, yet, paradoxically, in recent attempts to embody theory, the body is not fully present. Chapter 1 suggests that while sociological scholarship has been concerned with the historical and material production of the body, the emergence of somatic society and its attendant practices and relations, efforts to gender the body have over-subscribed to feminist theories underpinned by a Lacanian psychoanalytic framework. In such a framework, particular aspects of female embodiment are transcribed into a general theory of the body that places sexual difference at its core. While the explication of sexual difference is a strategic goal ...

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