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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 ...


Both sociology and feminism have had an uneasy relationship with psychoanalytic theory, yet feminism has increasingly turned to psychoanalytic theory in order to examine dualisms between mind and body, sex and gender and to incorporate the body into accounts of sexual difference. As a corollary, a range of concepts and metaphors have been developed to explore the ‘space’ between mind and body as a potential resource through which to challenge and subvert the phallogocentricity of the Symbolic. Yet the turn to psychoanalytic theory has moved feminist theory further from materialist conceptions of the body towards discursive concepts of the body that engage with texts in ways that reproduce an internal referentiality ‘that deny reference to the human acts from which they emerged and refer ...

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