On Female Body Experience
Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays
By (author) Iris Marion Young
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On Female Body Experience by Iris Marion Young
Book DescriptionWritten over a span of more than two decades, the essays by Iris Marion Young collected in this volume describe diverse aspects of women's lived body experience in modern Western societies. Drawing on the ideas of several twentieth century continental philosophers-including Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty-Young constructs rigorous analytic categories for interpreting embodied subjectivity. The essays combine theoretical description of experience with normative evaluation of the unjust constraints on their freedom and opportunity that continue to burden many women. The lead essay rethinks the purpose of the category of "gender" for feminist theory, after important debates have questioned its usefulness. Young's classic essay, "Throwing Like a Girl," is reprinted here, along with a comment of the impact of that essay twenty years later. Newer essays include reflection on the meaning of being at home, and the need for privacy in old age residences. Other essays analyze aspects of the experience of women and girls that have received little attention even in feminist theory-such as the sexuality of breasts, or menstruation as punctuation in a woman's life story. Young describes the phenomenology of moving in a pregnant body and the tactile pleasures of clothing. While academically rigorous, the essays are also written with engaging style, incorporating vivid imagery and autobiographical narrative. On Female Body Experience raises issues and takes positions that speak to scholars and students in philosophy, sociology, geography, medicine, nursing, and education.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195161939
(234mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Iris Marion Young
Justice and the Politics of Difference, Paperback (August 2011)
A work of feminist political thought that challenges the prevailing reduction of social justice to distributive justice. It critically analyzes basic concepts underlying most theories of justice, including impartiality, formal equality, and the unitary moral subjectivity.
Global Challenges, Paperback (December 2006)
In the late 20th century many writers and activists envisioned new possibilities of transnational cooperation toward peace and global justice. Iris Marion Young aims to revive such hopes by responding clearly to what are seen as the global challenges of the modern day, including the war against Iraq and the conflict in Palestine/Israel.
Child, Family, and State, Hardback (February 2003)» View all books by Iris Marion Young
The forty-fourth volume in the esteemed NOMOS series considers the philosophical, political, and legal dilemmas of the changing definition of "family" today.
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Author Biography - Iris Marion Young
Iris Marion Young is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where she is affiliated with the Center for Graduate Studies. Her works in feminist theory, theory of justice, and democratic theory have been published in major journals in the U.S. and translated into seven languages. Her previous books include Justice and the Politics of Difference (Princeton 1990), Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy and Policy (Princeton, 1997), and Inclusion and Democracy (Oxford, 2000).
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