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Title:Reading the gendered body in contemporary culture, 1980-1990
Author(s):Balsamo, Anne Marie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Treichler, Paula A.
Department / Program:Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):American Studies
Sociology, General
Mass Communications
Abstract:One of the significant developments in feminist studies during the decade of the 1980s has been the emphasis on studying the body, gender, and sexuality as complex cultural constructions. As a contribution to the broader feminist project to rethink the body as a cultural construction rather than a nature "given," this dissertation examines the different ways in which bodies are gendered through interactions with various forms of body technologies: female body building, male stripping, cosmetic surgery, and reproductive engineering. Through a combination of close readings (of science fiction novels, cult films, advertisements, and other texts of everyday life) and original ethnographic investigation, I examine the process through which bodies are inscripted with a gendered identity. At a broader theoretical level, this project contributes to the development of cultural studies as a critical framework for understanding the production and reproduction of power and knowledge.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Balsamo, Anne Marie
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210736
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210736

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