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Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking the Rules Paperback – September 16, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826517870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826517876
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is a good start to a more nuanced understanding of the interconnections between complicity and transgression."
--Contemporary Sociology

"This anthology captures the urgency of the body's involvement with power relations. It reminds us of the significant and sometimes high stakes of negotiating embodiment and identity, embodiment and sexuality, race, gender. Bobel and Kwan situate the wide range of articles in the most current literatures in critical scholarship, and remind us why the body has become such an important place of scholarship, why it carries so much meaning and instigates so much struggle."
--Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture and In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification

"Finally, here is a book about the body that is as juicy, colorful, and unpredictable as the body itself. Embodied Resistance is not only about resistance but as a collection vibrates with its own resistance, both to academic abstractions about 'the body' and to uncritical storytelling. A wonderful blend of ethnographic research and personal reflections, it toes no one theoretical line and embraces a fascinating range of practices, issues, and experiences. This is a book students will identify with, argue with, shed tears over, laugh along with, and rarest of all for a scholarly reader, enjoy curling up with."
--Susan Bordo, author of Unbearable Weight and The Male Body

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Ethnographies about transgressing social expectations of the body

More About the Author

Samantha Kwan is Associate Professor of Sociology and a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty affiliate at the University of Houston who specializes in bodies, gender, and health. In 2012, she was awarded the University of Houston's Teaching Excellence Award and, in 2013, she received the University Commission on Women's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Her research has been reported in, among other media outlets, the New York Times, Forbes, and U.S.A. Today.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Andalora on November 13, 2012
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I'm shocked that this is the first review for this amazing book.
This book was required for my college course on the Sociology of Gender.
It it full of interesting research reports and personal stories of "living resistance".
It is very well organized into 4 themed sections (Rewriting Gender Scripts, Challenging Marginalization, Defying Conventional Wisdom, and Negotiating Boundaries & Meanings).
The stories are of a readable length (9 pages on average) with some nice photos and illustrations.
It has something for both the casual sociology/psychology/gender studies reader and the academic.
Topics covered include sex, gender, sexuality, disability, aging, race/ethnicity, religion and more.
Highly recommended!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Walker on September 1, 2013
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Not only were all the topics fascinating, the research seemed exhaustive, the processes thorough and the results provocative and teed up for additional discussion. Great book. I highly recommend it.
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