By Alison Phipps

Winner of the 2015 FWSA publication Prize

The physique is a website of impassioned, fraught and intricate debate within the West this day. in a single political second, left-wingers, teachers and feminists have defended robust males accused of intercourse crimes, located topless images within the tabloids as empowering, and adversarial them for sexualizing breasts and undermining their ?natural? functionality. even as they've been criticized via extreme-right teams for ignoring honour killings and different ?culture-based? types of violence opposed to girls. How will we make experience of this assorted terrain?

during this very important and demanding new publication, Alison Phipps constructs a political sociology of women?s our bodies round key debates: sexual violence, gender and Islam, intercourse paintings and motherhood. Her research uncovers doubtful rhetorics and paradoxical allegiances, and contextualizes those in the robust coalition of neoliberal and neoconservative frameworks. She explores how ?feminism? will be caricatured and vilified at either ends of the political spectrum, arguing that Western feminisms at the moment are confronted with complicated difficulties of positioning in an international the place gender usually comes moment to different political priorities.

This publication offers a welcome research into Western politics round women?s our bodies, and should be really worthwhile to students and upper-level scholars of sociology, political technology, gender stories and cultural stories, in addition to to a person drawn to how our bodies turn into politicized.

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