Feminism and the Female Body: Liberating the Amazon Within / Edition 1

Feminism and the Female Body: Liberating the Amazon Within / Edition 1

by Shirley Castelnuovo, Sharon R. Guthrie
     
 

The authors challenge the Cartesian emphasis on mind that characterizes much feminist theory, offering instead a perspective that conceives of mind and body as a unity. They examine the construction of terrorized female bodies, how this construction is affected by age, class, race, and sexual preference, and how women who resent the status quo are developing… See more details below

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The authors challenge the Cartesian emphasis on mind that characterizes much feminist theory, offering instead a perspective that conceives of mind and body as a unity. They examine the construction of terrorized female bodies, how this construction is affected by age, class, race, and sexual preference, and how women who resent the status quo are developing themselves physically. They conclude by proposing a politics of feminist embodiment in which women use collective "care-of-the-self" practices that empower both their bodies and their minds. Extensive interviews with women involved in bodybuilding, self-defense training, and similar activities provide the empirical context of this original theoretical analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555874391
Publisher:
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Series:
Gender and Political Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
182
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Feminist Wars7
2The Problem of Dualism and the Physically Powerful Female Body31
3Elite Female Bodybuilders: Models of Resistance or Compliance?49
4The Thousand Waves Experience: Intersecting Feminism and the Martial Arts67
5Female Sporting Bodies91
6Women with Disabilities: Transgressive Challenges to the Normative Body115
7Identity Politics and Coalition Building133
App. AResearch Methods for the Bodybuilding Study153
App. BExamples of Questions from the Nutritional Perceptions and Practices of Bodybuilders157
App. CExamples of Bodybuilding Interview Questions159
App. DResearch Methods for the Martial Artist Study161
App. EExamples of Martial Artist Interview Questions165
Bibliography167
Index173
About the Book181

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