How do we perceive ourselves and our bodies in relation to our physical, geographical, social, cultural, political, psychological, and spiritual environments? Body Studies in Canada uses intersectional methodological and theoretical frameworks to discuss the political and socio-historical discourses that shape body studies in Canadian society.
This edited volume delves into a variety of timely topics including postcolonial “othering” of the body; social discourses around healthy and un-healthy bodies; intersections of aging, gender, race, class, and size; the fitness industries’ promotion of the “ideal” body; the gendering of bodywork symbols and expressions in carceral environments; and self-awareness of “the body” in social and digital media.
In thirteen chapters, editor Valerie Zawilski brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and expertise to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on how the body interacts reflexively with society. This collection is a foundational text for sociology of the body and body studies courses, as well as gender studies, political science, and health studies.
provides a uniquely Canadian perspective on body studies and the surrounding historical and political issues, with a focus on decolonization, racialization, masculinities, engagement with critical weight scholarship, and immigration
pedagogical features include section introductions, boxed inserts highlighting key concepts, learning objectives, questions for critical thinking, and a glossary
Chapter 1: The Hidden Embodied Stories behind Diabetes as Racialized Health Disparities, by Leslie Dawson
Chapter 2: (Re)Storying Indigenous Womanhood: Reclaiming Selfhood and Resisting Colonial Dismemberment, by Tamara Bernard
Chapter 3: Gendered Status Hierarchies among US and Canadian Youth: Athletic Ability and Physical Attractiveness, by Joseph H. Michalski
Chapter 4: Fat Reclamation and Identity Management in the Canadian Context, by Heather Plyley andAnnette Burfoot
Chapter 5: Women Moving into Later Life: Aging Bodies, Changing Identities, by Nancy MandellandLois Kamenitz
Part II: Healthy Bodywork
Chapter 6: Bartering with Fate: Imagination, Health, and the Body, by Margaret MacNeillandDebra Kriger
Chapter 7: “It Was Such Good Medicine for Me”: Contesting the Body Project of Yoga, Health, and Ideal Femininity, by Judith Mintz
Chapter 8: Conceptualizing the Aging Body in Fitness Instructor Training Curricula, by Kelsey HarveyandMeridith Griffin
Chapter 9: The Myth of Healthiness: Rethinking the Boundaries between Healthy Selves and Unhealthy Others in Drug Addiction Treatment, by Ana M. Ning
Part III: Political Bodywork
Chapter 10: Power and the Body: Iranian Female Immigrants’ Perceptions and Experiences of Bodily Freedoms in Iran and Canada, by Bahar Tajrobehkar
Chapter 11: Physical Activity, Bodywork, and the Construction of Masculinities in Canadian Men’s Federal Prisons, by Mark Norman, Rosemary Ricciardelli, andJames Gillett
Chapter 12: Caged Bodies: Gendered Responses to the Carceral Challenges of Detention during the G20 Summit in Toronto, June 26–28, 2010, by Valerie Zawilski
Chapter 13: The Undignified Body: Excremental Assault in Canadian Nursing Homes, by Donna Lynn Smith, Megan Aiken, Amy Gerlock, andJohn Church
Valerie Zawilski is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at King’s University College at Western University. Her research interests include social movements, human rights, health and illness, and human trafficking.
“By far the most comprehensive collection of essays on embodied experience in Canadian contexts, Body Studies in Canada serves not only as a compelling set of critical reflections but also as a rich pedagogical resource. It strikes an admirable balance between accessibility and complexity while clearly connecting the study of the body to wider debates relating to health and illness, public policy, popular culture, ecology, justice, and global poverty. With its unwaveringly intersectional approach, Body Studies in Canada provides a vibrant account of how lived embodied experiences both shape and are shaped by broader social and cultural dynamics.”
—Marc Lafrance, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
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