Gender, Culture, and Physicality

Gender, Culture, and Physicality : Paradoxes and Taboos

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Although a plethora of scholarship analyzes gender dynamics, this book seeks to explore the paradoxes and taboos associated with gendered meanings given to human bodies in action, or "physicality." Physicality provides a particularly clear playing space for developing concepts of gender identity, structures, and cultural meanings. When people think about gender differences, they often refer to those associated with physicality, such as giving birth or playing contact sports. Helen M. Sterk and Annelies Knoppers attend to the meanings and values given to human bodies in motion that reflect cultural respect-or disrespect-for what is seen as "womanly" in particular times and places. In doing so, they show how these meanings can reinforce or challenge common ways of doing gender that, at first glance, may not seem to be related to physicality.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 160 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 0739134086
  • 9780739134085

About Dr Helen M Sterk

Helen M. Sterk is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College.Annelies Knoppers is professor in the Department of Governance and Organization Studies and in the Department of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.show more