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Gender, Bodies and Transformation


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This series explores the intersection of two key themes in relation to scholarship on bodies: gender and transformation. Bodies are gendered via biology, culture, medicine and society, such that gender, so deeply and intimately connected to identity, is a crucial part of any thorough analysis of the body. At the same time, bodies are - and have always been - sites of transformation, whether through 'natural' processes such as pregnancy, illness and ageing, or the more eye-catching, 'unnatural' transformations of cosmetic surgery, violence, extreme bodybuilding or dieting, cross-species transplantation, elective amputation or tattooing. Interdisciplinary in scope and welcoming work from a range of approaches, including cultural and media studies, sociology, gender studies, feminist theory, phenomenology, queer studies and ethnography, Gender, Bodies and Transformation publishes scholarly examinations of contemporary cultural changes that are relevant to both gender and the transformation of bodies, whether in single bodies or between bodies.

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Contentious Cities Design and the Gendered Production of Space

Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space

1st Edition

Edited By Jess Berry, Timothy Moore, Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden
November 30, 2020

Contentious Cities offers unique interdisciplinary approaches to understanding gendered spatial equity in the urban environment. Positioning design as a central component in how cities produce, construct, represent and materialise gendered spatial practices, it brings together practice and theory ...

Negotiating Thinness Online The Cultural Politics of Pro-anorexia

Negotiating Thinness Online: The Cultural Politics of Pro-anorexia

1st Edition

By Gemma Cobb
January 29, 2020

This book interrogates the thin ideal in pro-anorexia online spaces and the way in which it operates on a continuum with everyday discourses around thinness. Since their inception in the late twentieth century, pro-anorexia online spaces have courted controversy: they have been vilified by the ...

The Emergence of Trans Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives

The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives

1st Edition

Edited By Ruth Pearce, Igi Moon, Kat Gupta, Deborah Lynn Steinberg
July 16, 2019

This book represents the vanguard of new work in the rapidly growing arena of Trans Studies. Thematically organised, it brings together studies from an international, cross-disciplinary range of contributors to address a range of questions pertinent to the emergence of trans lives and discourses. ...

Neoliberal Bodies and the Gendered Fat Body

Neoliberal Bodies and the Gendered Fat Body

1st Edition

By Hannele Harjunen
August 09, 2016

In recent decades the rise of the so-called "global obesity epidemic" has led to fatness and fat bodies being debated incessantly in popular, professional, and academic arenas. Fatness and fat bodies are shamed and demonised, and the public monitoring, surveillance and outright policing by the ...

Out Online: Trans Self-Representation and Community Building on YouTube

Out Online: Trans Self-Representation and Community Building on YouTube

1st Edition

By Tobias Raun
May 20, 2016

Trans people are increasingly stepping out of the shadow of pathologization and secretiveness to tell their life stories, share information and to connect with like-minded others, using YouTube as a platform. Out Online: Trans Self-Representation and Community Building on YouTube explores the ...

Sport, Gender and Power The Rise of Roller Derby

Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby

1st Edition

By Adele Pavlidis, Simone Fullagar
November 20, 2014

As a new breed of lifestyle sport enthusiasts ’derby grrrls’ are pushing the boundaries of gender as they negotiate the nexus of pleasure, pain and power relations. Offering a socio-cultural analysis of the rise and reinvention of roller derby as both a new, globalized women’s sport and an everyday...

Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism

Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism

1st Edition

By Helen Hester, Caroline Walters
June 28, 2015

While fat sexual bodies are highly visible as vehicles for stigma, there has been a lack of scholarly research addressing this facet of contemporary body politics. Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism seeks to rectify this, bringing debates about fat sex into the academic arena and ...

The Weight of Images Affect, Body Image and Fat in the Media

The Weight of Images: Affect, Body Image and Fat in the Media

1st Edition

By Katariina Kyrölä
March 05, 2014

The Weight of Images explores the ways in which media images can train their viewers’ bodies. Proposing a shift away from an understanding of spectatorship as being constituted by acts of the mind, this book favours a theorization of relations between bodies and images as visceral, affective ...

Transgender Architectonics The Shape of Change in Modernist Space

Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space

1st Edition

By Lucas Crawford
December 15, 2015

Combining transgender studies with the ’neomodernist’ architectures of the internationally renowned firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and with modernist writers (Samuel Beckett and Virginia Woolf) whose work anticipates that of transgender studies, this book challenges the implicit ’spatial ...

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