Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2013

400 Pages | 3 B&W Line

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199343799

Bookseller Code (04)

The Politics of Women's Bodies

Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior

Fourth Edition

Rose Weitz and Samantha Kwan

Since 1998, The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior has served as the premiere text in the area of women and the body. This revised and updated fourth edition brings together recent (and a few classic) critical writings in this important field. The selections reflect three themes: how ideas about women's bodies in the United States are socially constructed, how these social constructions can be used to control women's lives, and how women attempt to resist these forces. Exceptionally well-written and edited to be accessible and pedagogically friendly, the articles in this collection cover a wide range of topics while paying attention to class, ethnicity, disability, body size, and sexual orientation.

New to this Edition:

  • Seven new readings addressing issues of childbirth, disability, HPV vaccination, fat stigma, skin color, veiling, and intimate partner violence among undocumented immigrant women
  • An increased emphasis on marginalized populations and on racial, sexual, cultural, and religious diversity
  • A new appendix with discussion questions for each article
  • A new editor, Samantha Kwan, brings a fresh perspective and new insights to the collection

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