Gendering bodies

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008 - Social Science - 288 pages
Gendering Bodies explains how the social world shapes our physical bodies and how our bodies shape the social world. In this remarkable investigation into contemporary ideas of gender, sociologists Crawley, Foley, and Shehan argue that bodies are constantly being gendered, or encouraged to participate in (heterosexual) gender conformity. This engendering influences nutrition practices, work and employment choices, dieting, working out, cosmetic surgery, sexual practices, and training-or lack thereof-in sports or fitness. This is an accessible, yet comprehensive, sociological inquiry into a theory of the gendered body.

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Constance Shehan is the Editor of the "Journal of Family Issues" and Director of the University of Florida's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations, been certified by the council as a Family Life Educator, and has received court-certified training to be a family mediator and a child advocate. At the University of Florida, she has served as President pro tempore of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty, president of the Association for Women Faculty, and as director of the Center for Women's Studies. Dr. Shehan is also is editor of the book "Through The Eyes of a Child: Re-Visioning Children as Active Agents of Family Life" (JAI Press, 1999).

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