Critical Bodies: Representations, Practices and Identities by Sarah Riley, Maree Burns, Hannah Frith, Sally Wiggins,

By Sarah Riley, Maree Burns, Hannah Frith, Sally Wiggins, Pirkko Markula

This publication showcases a variety of present paintings and debates on weight and physique administration practices which are being made out of the colourful enviornment of serious and postmodern techniques within the social sciences. Weight matters became valuable to Western understandings of well-being and identification, yet analyses of weight and physique administration have frequently didn't contextualise weight similar matters. This well timed booklet addresses this hole through reading 3 key components, specifically, illustration, identities, and perform, to discover and interrogate how physique and weight administration, subjectivities, reviews, and practices are constituted inside and by means of the normative discourses of up to date western tradition.

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Would she look that great if she wasn’t toned? Uh, no. She’d look like an older woman with saggy skin and floppy upper arms. (Cosmopolitan, 2000, p. 167) It could be thought that copy such as this indicates a critical re-appraisal of and move away from a long-dominant cultural fetishisation of thinness as a hallmark of feminine physical perfection. ‘[A]n incredible body’, it might seem, is no longer one that has regularly ‘missed breakfast, lunch and dinner’ and can no longer therefore be viewed as ‘anorexia-inducing’.

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