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Embodying Gender offers scholars and lecturers with a serious assessment of physique thoughts in either sociology and in feminism. formerly, sociologists have tried to gender the physique and feminists have tried to include gender yet Alexandra Howson's obtainable 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 strategies within the box, this ebook introduces us to an intensive variety of 'narratives of embodiment' and provides an entire research of crucial texts in new feminist theories of the body.Key questions lined comprise: o What can sociology say concerning the body?o What effect 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 take a seat inside of sociological analysis?Written in a transparent, available type, Embodying Gender is a useful textual content for undergraduate scholars, postgraduates and lecturers within the fields of women's and gender experiences and sociology, and is especially correct to these specialising in sociology of the physique, feminist thought and social thought.

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1999: 145) Such an analysis resonates with recent scholarship concerning the status of bodily wholeness in the context of infant organ retention scandals in the United Kingdom in which parents’ concerns focus on re-membering the dissected bodies of their children precisely in order to reconstitute a sense of social and emotional wholeness (Sheach-Leith, 2004). However, sociological interest in the human body is also a reflection of the development of the discipline itself and its openness to the intellectual currents associated with post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy and contemporary feminist theory.

However, this subsidiarity has implications for the development of the sociological field. Women have been incorporated into sociological analysis of the body via philosophical and psychoanalytical discussions that supplant sociological concepts of gender with concepts of sexual difference that emphasize a textual/discursive body (Witz, 2000). This route of admission not only reduces the potency of gender as a sociological concept but also obscures the relation of male corporeality to the production of sociological knowledge (Smith, 1990).

These sociological criticisms of phenomenology are not new but serve as a reminder that a dominant version of sociology is oriented towards synthesis between structure and agency as its primary dualism, rather than between subject and object. Nonetheless, phenomenology has provided a resource with which to bridge structure and agency through the development of a concept of embodiment that seeks to capture the materiality of experience and develop a means of explicitly gendering the body within the sociological field.

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