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Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness

Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness

by Shari L. Dworkin, Faye Linda Wachs
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Are you ripped? Do you need to work on your abs? Do you know your ideal body weight? Your body fat index? Increasingly, Americans are being sold on a fitness ideal — not just thin but toned, not just muscular but cut — that is harder and harder to reach. In Body Panic, Shari L. Dworkin and Faye Linda Wachs ask why. How did these particular body types come to be “fit”? And how is it that having an unfit, or “bad,” body gets conflated with being an unfit, or “bad,” citizen?
Dworkin and Wachs head to the newsstand for this study, examining ten years worth of men’s and women’s health and fitness magazines to determine the ways in which bodies are “made” in today’s culture. They dissect the images, the workouts, and the ideology being sold, as well as the contemporary links among health, morality, citizenship, and identity that can be read on these pages. While women and body image are often studied together, Body Panic considers both women’s and men’s bodies side-by-side and over time in order to offer a more in-depth understanding of this pervasive cultural trend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814719688
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Shari L. Dworkin is Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She is the author or editor of several books, most recently Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness and Men at Risk, both with NYU Press.

Faye Linda Wachs is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).

Table of Contents

1 The Nature of Body Panic Culture
2 What Kinds of Subjects and Objects? Gender, Consumer Culture, and Convergence
3 Size Matters: Male Body Panic and the Third Wave “Crisis of Masculinity”
4 “Getting Your Body Back”: Postindustrial Fit Motherhood and the Merger of the Second (Household Labor/Child Care) and Third (Fitness) Shifts
5 From Women’s Sports & Fitness to Self : Third Wave Feminism and the Consumption Conundrum
6 Emancipatory Potential, Social Justice, and the Consumption Imperative
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Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may not be the smartest person in the world, but I do have a college degree. Neither have I ever taken the time to review a book... This book was one of the most boring that I have ever suffered through. The use of large words was excessive and some of them were not in the Nook dictionary. I had to reread several sections, and I still was not sure what was said. This is unfortunate because the authors seemed to have researched the material extensively.
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