Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules

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Chris Bobel, Samantha Kwan
Vanderbilt University Press, Sep 15, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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Embodied Resistance engages the rich and complex range of society's contemporary "body outlaws"--people from many social locations who violate norms about the private, the repellent, or the forbidden.  This collection ventures beyond the conventional focus on the "disciplined body" and instead, examines conformity from the perspective of resisters.   By balancing accessibly written original ethnographic research with personal narratives, Embodied Resistance provides a window into the everyday lives of those who defy or violate socially constructed body rules and conventions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Rewriting Gender Scripts
11
II Challenging Marginalization
65
III Defying Authoritative Knowledges and Conventional Wisdom
117
IV Negotiating Boundaries and Meanings
173
Afterword
225
Classroom Resources
227
Contributors
251
Index
257
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Chris Bobel is Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She is the author of The Paradox of Natural Mothering and New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation.

Samantha Kwan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. She has published in Qualitative Health Research, Sociological Inquiry, and Teaching Sociology.

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