Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice

Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice

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Within both feminist theory and popular culture, establishing similarities between embodied practices rooted in different cultural and geo-political contexts (e.g. a€˜Africana€™ female genital cutting and a€˜Westerna€™ cosmetic surgery) has become increasingly common as a means of countering cultural essentialism, ethnocentrism and racism. Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice examines how cross cultural comparisons of embodied practices function as a rhetorical device a€“ with particular theoretical, social and political effects - in a range of contemporary feminist texts. It asks: Why and how are cross-cultural links among these practices drawn by feminist theorists and commentators, and what do these analogies do? What knowledges, hierarchies and figurations do these comparisons produce, disrupt and/or reify in feminist theory, and how do such effects resonate within popular culture? Taking a relational web approach that focuses on unravelling the binary threads that link specific embodied practices within a wider representational community, this book highlights how we depend on and affect one another across cultural and geo-political contexts. This book is valuable reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers in Gender Studies, Postcolonial or Race Studies, Cultural and Media Studies, and other related disciplines.3 I have chosenthelabel a#39;female genital cuttinga#39; (FGC)torefertothe broadgroup of procedures which are, or have been, practised (with great variation) within some African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries (i.e. Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, anbsp;...


Title:Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice
Author: Carolyn Pedwell
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-05-07
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