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Female Body Politics: Ownership, Coercion and Agency in Muslim Societies and Beyond

Salih, Ruba and Cornwall, Andrea, eds. (2018) Female Body Politics: Ownership, Coercion and Agency in Muslim Societies and Beyond. London: I.B.Tauris. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Feminist debates since the 1970s contributed to unfold the complexities and nuances on the relationship between sexuality, the body, the market and power relations. They did not, for most part, question the limitations of the paradigm “freedom of choice vs oppression” and its ingrained liberal notion of women as free or oppressed individuals in connection to body ownership or alienation. In this edited volume we aim at complicating this dichotomy through an ethnographically thick scrutiny of the liberal understanding of body ownership as a universal and given for granted notion. Moreover, we aim at intersecting an analysis of the porous boundaries between free choice and disciplinary practices, with a discussion of how and in which specific historical, political and economic contexts agency and oppression are discursively mobilized and politicized. When and how is “freedom of choice” invoked and by whom? What does it obscure and what does it reveal of the wider historical, economic, political and cultural dynamics of power that continue to characterize the relations between women and men differently located across religions, cultures and political structures? Which bodies become disposable and which are owned in the new hierarchies forged by neo-liberal governmentalities across the globe?

Item Type: Edited Books or Journal Volumes
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Gender Studies
ISBN: 1784534587
Depositing User: Ruba Salih
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 13:24
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19083

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