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Body Studies

Individual Feminists:

Susan Bordo

Elizabeth Grosz

Judith Butler

Kathy Davis

Internet Sites

[This information was contributed by Laurie Avocado.]


      This page contains General information on feminist body studies and information on feminist approaches to Sports.

      General Information

      Balsamo, Anne. Technologies of the Gendered Body. Duke Univ. Press, 1996.

      Bordo, Susan. My Father's Body and Other Unexplored Regions of Masculinity. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, forthcoming.

      Bordo, Susan. Twilight Zones: The Hiden Life of Cultural Images From Plato to O.J. University of California Press, 1997.

      Bordo, Susan. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body. University of California Press, 1993.

      Bordo, Susan and Alison Jaggar, ed. Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing. Rutgers University Press, 1989.

      Browne, Connors, and Stern, ed. With the Power of Each Breath: A Disabled Women's Anthology. Cleis Press, 1985.

      Davis, Kathy. Remaking the Female Body. 1995.

      Davis, Kathy, ed. Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body. Sage Publications, 1997.

      Camper, Carol, ed. Miscegenation Blues: Voices of Mixed Race Women. Sister Vision Press, 1994.

      Featherston, Elena, ed. Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture, and Identity.

      Grogan, Sarah. Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children. NY: Routledge, 1999.

      Grosz, Elizabeth. Space, Time and Perversion. Essays on the Politics of Bodies. Routledge, New York; and Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1995.

      Grosz, Elizabeth. Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Indiana Univ. Press, 1994.

      Heywood, Leslie. Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic Aesthetic in Modern Culture. California, 1996.

      Kirby, Vicki. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. Routledge, 1997.

      Latteier, Carolyn. Breasts: The Women's Perspective on an American Obsession. Haworth Press, 1998.

      Nast, Heidi J. and Steve Pile, ed. Places Through the Body. Routledge, 1998.

      Schor, Naomi and Elizabeth Weed, ed. Love, Anger, and the Body. (differences Vol. 9, no. 1) Indiana University Press.

      Thone, Ruth Raymond. Fat -- A Fate Worse Than Death? Women, Weight and Appearance. Haworth Press, 1997.

      Ussher, Jane, ed. Body Talk: The Material and Discursive Regulation of Sexuality, madness and Reproduction. NY: Routledge, 1997.

      Walker, Michelle Boulous. Philosophy and the Maternal Body: Reading Silence. Routledge, 1998.

      Weiss, Gail. Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality. Routledge, 1999.

      Weiss, Gail and Honi Fern Haber, ed. Perspectives on Embodiment: The Intersection of Nature and Culture. Routledge, 1999.

      Weitz, Rose, ed. The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance and Behavior. Oxford, 1998.

      Wilson and Laennec, ed. Bodily Discursions: Gender, Representations, Technologies.


      Baughman, Cynthia, ed. Women on Ice: Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle. Routledge, 1995.

      Birrell, Susan and Cheryl L. Cole (Eds.) Women, Sport, and Culture. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1994.

      Blais, Madeleine. In These Girls Hope is a Muscle. Warner Books, 1995.

      Boutilier, Mary A. and Lucinda San Giovanni. The Sporting Woman. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1983.

      Burton Nelson, Mariah. Are We Winning Yet? How Women Are Changing Sports and Sports Are Changing Women. New York: Random House, 1991.

      Burton Nelson, Mariah. The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of Sports. Orlando: Harcourt Brace, 1994.

      Cahn, Susan K. Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in 20th Century Women's Sport. New York: The Free Press, 1994.

      Castelnuovo, Shirley and Sharon R.Guthrie. Feminism and the Female Body: Liberating the Amazon Within. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998.

      Clarke, Gill and Barbara Humberstone, eds. Researching Women and Sport. Macmillan, 1997.

      Cohen, Greta L. Women in Sport: Issues and Controversies. Sage, 1993.

      Costa, D. Margaret and Sharon R. Guthrie (Eds.) Women and Sport: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics, 1994.

      Crosset, Todd W. Outsiders in the Clubhouse: The World of Women's Professional Golf. SUNY Press, 1995.

      Davis, Laurel R. The Swimsuit Issue and Sport: Hegemonic Masculinity in Sports Illustrated. SUNY Press, 1997.

      Denfeld, Rene. Kill the Body the Head Will Fall: A Closer Look at Women, Violence and Aggression. Vintage, 1997.

      Festle, Mary Jo. Playing Nice: Politics and Apologies in Women's Sports. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

      Gerber, Ellen. W., et al. The American Women in Sport. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1974.

      Griffin, Pat. Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics. 1998.

      Hall, Ann. Feminism and Sporting Bodies: Essays on Theory and Practice. Human Kinetics, 1996. [You can read a detailed description of this book here.]

      Hargreaves, Jennifer. Sporting Females : Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women's Sports. Routledge, 1994.

      Henderson, K.A., et al. Both Gains and Gaps: Feminist Perspectives on Women's Leisure. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, 1996.

      Heywood, Leslie. Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women's Body Building. Rutgers University Press, 1997.

      Heywood, Leslie. Pretty Good For a Girl. The Free Press, 1998.

      Lenskyj, Helen. Out of Bounds: Women, Sport and Sexuality. Toronto: Women's Press, 1986.

      Lowe, Maria R. Women of Steel: Female Body Builders and the Struggle for Self-Definition. New York University Press, 1998.

      McCaughey, Martha. Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Womenıs Self-Defense. New York: New York U Pr, 1997.

      McKay, Jim. Managing Gender: Affirmative Action and Organizational Power in Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Sport. Albany: State Univ of New York Pr, 1997.

      Moore, Pamela L., ed. Building Bodies. Rutgers University Press, 1997.

      Oglesby, Carole A. Women and Sport: From Myth to Reality. 1978.

      Postow, Betsy C., ed. Women, Philosophy, and Sport: A Collection of New Essays. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1983.

      Robinson, Laura. She Shoots She Scores: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Sport. Thompson Educational Publishing, 1997.

      Ryan, Joan. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters. Doubleday, 1995.

      Scraton, Sheila. Shaping Up to Womanhood: Gender and Girls' Physical Education. Open Univ Pr, 1992.

      Stange, Mary Zeiss. Woman the Hunter. Beacon Press, 1997.

      Thompson, Shona M. Mother's Taxi: Sport and the Incorporation of Women's Labor. SUNY Press, 1998.

      Twin, Stephanie L. Out of the Bleachers: Writings on Women and Sport. Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press, 1979.

      Wearing, Betsy. Leisure and Feminist Theory. London: Sage, 1998.

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