The new edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies is a lively and engaging introduction to this dynamic field. Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition benefits from the addition of nine new concepts including Gender Social Movements, Intersectionality and Mainstreaming. Each of the entries: • begins with a concise definition • outlines the history of each term and the debates surrounding it • includes illustrations of how the concept has been applied within the field • offers examples which allow a critical re-evaluation of the concept • is cross-referenced with the other key concepts • ends with guidance on further reading. A must-buy for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines.



The concept of embodiment refers to the understanding of the body as neither a solely biological nor a solely socio-cultural object, but rather as a processual entity constituted by the intertwining of the two. Embodiment means that the body is conceptualised as an unfinished biological and social phenomenon and describes ‘the multiple properties and capacities of the thoughtful body subject’ (Shilling 2012: xv). Within feminism and gender studies, the body has occupied a key position in a wide range of debates, including: men’s control of women’s bodies as a key means of subordination; critiques of dichotomous thinking; and in debates about essentialism and the theorising of difference and diversity.

Embodiment represents the current moment in conceptualising the body within gender studies and the social sciences ...

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