This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept: Includes an easy to understand definition; Provides real-world examples; Gives suggestions for further reading; Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.


Definition Feminism, or more properly feminisms, all have a basic concern to analyse (and overturn) the unequal distribution of social and political power, as experienced by women. Such gendered inequity has generally been based on the construction of specific characteristics and abilities as belonging to either males or females, based on their bodily differences. Feminism is therefore a concept and a political movement that is fundamentally embodied, both in theory and in action.

Feminism is generally thought of as a movement of the twentieth century, but in centuries of battles fought over social and political exclusion, there have been female voices. Women like Mary Astell argued publicly for equitable education for girls in the seventeenth century, on the basis that girls were as able at ...

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