Thinking Through the Skin
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Thinking Through the Skin by Sara Ahmed
Book DescriptionThis exciting collection of work from leading feminist scholars including Elspeth Probyn, Penelope Deutscher and Chantal Nadeau engages with and extends the growing feminist literature on lived and imagined embodiment and argues for consideration of the skin as a site where bodies take form - already written upon but open to endless re-inscription. Individual chapters consider such issues as the significance of piercing, tattooing and tanning, the assault of self harm upon the skin, the relation between body painting and the land among the indigenous people of Australia and the cultural economy of fur in Canada. Pierced, mutilated and marked, mortified and glorified, scarred by disease and stretched and enveloping the skin of another in pregnancy, skin is seen here as both a boundary and a point of connection - the place where one touches and is touched by others; both the most private of experiences and the most public marker of a raced, sexed and national history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415223553
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sara Ahmed
Diverting the Flow, Hardback (August 2015)
South Asia's significant water resources are unevenly distributed, with about a fifth of the population lacking adequate access. By revealing the extent to which water access depends on power relations and politics, this book offers fresh perspectives on the relationship between gender equity and water issues in South Asia.
Cultural Politics of Emotion, Paperback (April 2014)
Emotions work to define who we are as well as shape what we do and this is no more powerfully at play than in the world of politics. The author considers how emotions keep us invested in relationships of power, and also shows how this use of emotion could be crucial to feminist and queer political movements.
On Being Included, Paperback (March 2012)
Argues that a commitment to diversity is frequently substituted for a commitment to actual change. This title traces the work that diversity does, examining how the term is used and the way it serves to make questions about racism seem impertinent.
Promise of Happiness, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Sara Ahmed
This provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy draws on the work of feminist, black, and queer critics showing how happiness is used to justify social oppression.
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