Embodying Gender by Alexandra Howson

By Alexandra Howson

Embodying Gender offers scholars and teachers with a severe review of physique strategies in either sociology and in feminism. formerly, sociologists have tried to gender the physique and feminists have tried to embrace gender yet Alexandra Howson's available new textual content attracts those literatures jointly, pointing to methods of integrating feminist views at the physique into sociological theory.Surveying all of the key innovations within the box, this ebook introduces us to an intensive diversity of 'narratives of embodiment' and offers a whole research of crucial texts in new feminist theories of the body.Key questions coated contain: o What can sociology say in regards to the body?o What impression has the physique made on sociology?o What conceptual frameworks are used to deal with the physique? How do those relate to problems with gender and embodied experience?o How do feminist conceptual instruments sit down inside sociological analysis?Written in a transparent, obtainable kind, Embodying Gender is a useful textual content for undergraduate scholars, postgraduates and teachers within the fields of women's and gender reports and sociology, and is especially suitable to these specialising in sociology of the physique, feminist idea and social concept.

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G. Bury, 1995) view such an inverted gaze as an index of the discipline’s sensitivity to the ambivalences of modernity, uncertainty is itself derived from a Cartesian standpoint that asserts the body can be known and understood through rational inquiry. Indeed, as Davis (1997) notes, the body provides a physical and conceptual space in which the recurring issues and tensions of Enlightenment categories of thought are revisited and reworked. These tensions take methodological and epistemological forms.

Individuals draw upon medical discourse (language and practices) to articulate and frame their experience (Lupton, 1994) and in turn are able to engage in a dialogue with medicine as knowledgeable practitioners of ‘health’. Hence, power/knowledge creates a conceptual link between general body practices and the internalization of discipline in ways that potentially create new subjectivities (Arney, 1982; Arney and Bergen, 1984). The significance of this framework is that it represents an attempt to locate subjects as agentic and knowledgeable, or as embodied agents whose bodies are acted upon and who in turn act upon others (Crossley, 1995a, 1996).

His concern is with the ‘somatic mediation’ of agency and structure. : 738). : 747, my emphasis). His framework stresses a dialectic between socially shaped embodiment and embodiment beyond the social. qxd 15/03/2005 14:36 Page 28 Embodying gender 28 concept of agency that also retains an emphasis on the significance of practice and material context. Shilling’s bridge across structure and agency works by building in an anthropological concept of embodiment that stresses the importance and influence of forms of knowledge and consciousness that cannot be reduced to language and/or rationality.

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