Feminism and the Body
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Feminism and the Body by Londa Schiebinger
Book DescriptionThis collection of classic essays in feminist body studies investigates the history of the image of the female body; from the medical 'discovery' of the clitoris, to the 'body politic' of Queen Elizabeth I, to women deprecated as 'Hottentot Venuses' in the nineteenth century. The text look at the way in which coverings bear cultural meaning: clothing reform during the French Revolution, Islamic veiling, and the invention of the top hat; as well as the embodiment of cherished cultural values in social icons such as the Statue of Liberty or the Barbie doll. By considering culture as it defines not only women but also men, this volume offers both the student and the general reader an insight into the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study involved in feminist body studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198731917
(216mm x 138mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 22-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Londa Schiebinger
Plants and Empire, Paperback (September 2007)
Plants seldom figure in the grand narratives of war, peace, or even everyday life, yet they are often at the center of high intrigue. In the 18th century, epic scientific voyages were sponsored by European imperial powers to explore the natural riches of the New World and uncover the botanical secrets of its people. This work covers this topic.
Feminism in Twentieth-century Science, Technology and Medicine, Paperback (January 2002)
The essays in this volume explore how feminist theory has had a direct impact on research in the biological and social sciences, in medicine, and in technology, often providing the impetus for fundamentally changing the theoretical underpinnings and practices of such research.
Has Feminism Changed Science?, Paperback (April 2001)View all books by Londa Schiebinger
Do women do science differently? This is a history of women in science and a frank assessment of the role of gender in shaping scientific knowledge. Science is both a profession and a body of knowledge, and Londa Schiebinger looks at how women have fared and performed in both instances.
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Author Biography - Londa Schiebinger
Londa Schiebinger is the Professor of the History of Science at Pennsylvania State University. She has won the Ludwik Fleck Book Prize (Society for Social Studies of Science) for her previous publication Nature's Body, and the History of Women in Science Prize (History of Science Society) for her article Why Mammals are Called Mammals.
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