The Managed Body

Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South

Authors: Bobel, Chris

  • Offers an innovative addition to the field of Critical Menstrual Studies, a rapidly growing new field of study across an array of disciplines
  • Draws on deep qualitative and analytic wells in order to shed critical light on contemporary broad, global, girl-centered MHM crusades
  • Includes a uniquely rich, mixed-methods fieldwork on three continents
  • Grapples with key issues in MHM in  a theoretically sophisticated, multidisciplinary manner
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About this book

The Managed Body productively complicates ‘menstrual hygiene management’ (MHM)--a growing social movement to support menstruating girls in the Global South. Bobel offers an invested critique of the complicated discourses of MHM including its conceptual and practical links with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) development sector, human rights and ‘the girling of development.’ Drawing on analysis of in-depth interviews, participant observations and the digital materials of NGOs and social businesses, Bobel shows how MHM frames problems and solutions to capture attention and direct resources to this highly-tabooed topic. She asserts that MHM organizations often inadvertently rely upon weak evidence and spectacularized representations to make the claim of a ‘hygienic crisis’ that authorizes rescue.  And, she argues, the largely product-based solutions that follow fail to challenge the social construction of the menstrual body as dirty and in need of concealment. While cast as fundamental to preserving girls’ dignity, MHM prioritizes ‘technological fixes’ that teach girls to discipline their developing bodies vis a vis consumer culture, a move that actually accommodates more than it resists the core problem of menstrual stigma.

About the authors

Chris Bobel is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and past president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She is the author of The Paradox of Natural Mothering, New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation and co-editor of Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules and Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, Transformations.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: What a Girl Needs …

    Bobel, Chris

    Pages 1-42

  • The Girling of Development

    Bobel, Chris

    Pages 45-67

  • Making Menstruation Matter in the Global South: Mapping a Critical History

    Bobel, Chris

    Pages 69-109

  • “Can You Imagine?” Making the Case for a Bloody Crisis

    Bobel, Chris

    Pages 113-168

  • The Spectacle of the “Third World Girl” and the Politics of Rescue

    Bobel, Chris

    Pages 169-208

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89414-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for Mexico
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: 17 de noviembre de 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89413-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Managed Body
Book Subtitle
Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89414-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89414-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89413-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 353
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
Topics