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Geography has recently sen something of a 'body craze'. The micro-level politics that surround bodies and spaces are increasingly being held up to scrutiny. The body is as political as the nation state. The leaky, messy zones on the insdie and outside of bodies and their resulting spatial relationships, remain largely unexamined in the discipline. this book revolves around three case-studies - pregnant bodies in public places, mens' bodies in domestic toilets and bathrooms, managers' bodies in Central Business Districts. The pregnant body threatens to expel matter from inside. It is often described as 'ugly' or as 'matter out of place'. Geographers have ignored men's bodies in domestic toilets and bathrooms because these places are abject sights/sites where bodily boundaries are broken and then made solid again. Female and male managers in Central Business districts wear tailored, dark coloured business suits, that give the appearence of a body which is impervious to leakage or penetration. The case studies illustrate that bodies and spaces are socially constructed and yet have an undeniable materiality and fluidity. Ignoring the everyday materiality of bodies that leak and seep is not a harmless ommission, rather it contains a political imperative that helps keep masculinity intact.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415189675
ISBN-10: 0415189675
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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