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Critical Bodies

Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management

Editors: Riley, S., Burns, M., Frith, H., Wiggins, S., Markula, P. (Eds.)

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Using work produced from the critical and postmodern arena in social sciences, this book examines three key areas - representation, identities and practice - to explore and interrogate how body and weight management, subjectivities, experiences and practices are constituted within and by the normative discourses of contemporary western culture.

About the authors

LUCY APHRAMOR is a Senior Health Promotion Specialist in Diet and Cardiovascular Health, and Senior Research Assistant at the Applied Research Centre, Coventry University, UK KATY DAY Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK JOHN EVANS Professor of Sociology of Education and Physical Education, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University ROSALIND GILL Professor of Social Psychology and Cultural Theory, Open University, UK DEBRA GIMLIN Lectures in Sociology, University of Aberdeen, UK JACQUE GINGRAS Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, School of Nutrition, Toronto, Canada COLLEEN HEENAN is a Psychotherapist and University Lecturer TAMMY KEYS graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, in 2003 with Joint Honours in Psychology and Sociology HELEN MALSON Reader in Social Psychology, Centre for Appearance Research and School of Psychology, University of West of England, Bristol, UK NICOLA GAVEY Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand EMMA RICH Lecturer in Physical Education, Gender, Identity and Health, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, UK PAULA SAUKKO Senior Lecturer in the ESRC-Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter, UK

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'The book demonstrates the persuasive power that inter- and multi-disciplinary discursive research can have when different versions are brought coherently to bear on an interconnected area of research. It will be of use to all researchers, and advanced students, who are interested in food, gender, the body, and, in particular, their pathologization under a medical gaze.' - Joseph Burridge, Discourse& Society

'The editorial group have successfully pulled together a coherent and diverse collection of nine chapters that offer a considerable breadth of material in relation to the, mainly but not exclusively, female body. Size, weight and the practices which produce and reproduce normative and rigid standards of desirable bodies are the central concerns.' - Liz Frost, Sociology of Health and Illness

'Critical Bodies is a well-structured text that presents a set of sophisticated, contemporary analyses of representations, identities and practices of weight and body management. The book contextualises body management practices in current health and gender related discourses, and provides a convincing account of the centrality of socio-political power dynamics in the production of embodiment.' - Lilliana del Busso, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introducing Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management

    Markula, Pirkko (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Deconstructing Un/Healthy Body-weight and Weight Management

    Malson, Helen

    Pages 27-42

  • ‘I Feel Ridiculous about Having Had It’ — Critical Readings of Lived and Mediated Stories on Eating Disorders

    Saukko, Paula

    Pages 43-59

  • Learning to Be Healthy, Dying to Be Thin: The Representation of Weight via Body Perfection Codes in Schools

    Rich, Emma (et al.)

    Pages 60-76

  • Starving in Cyberspace: The Construction of Identity on ‘Pro-eating-disorder’ Websites

    Day, Katy (et al.)

    Pages 81-100

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $110.00
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Softcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Bodies
Book Subtitle
Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management
Editors
  • S. Riley
  • M. Burns
  • H. Frith
  • S. Wiggins
  • P. Markula
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-59114-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230591141
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-51773-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-35543-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 206
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