The Politics of the Body: Gender in a Neoliberal and Neoconservative Age

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The body is a site of impassioned, fraught and complex debate inthe West today. In one political moment, left-wingers, academicsand feminists have defended powerful men accused of sex crimes,positioned topless pictures in the tabloids as empowering, andopposed them for sexualizing breasts and undermining theirnatural function. At the same time they have beencriticized by extreme-right groups for ignoring honour killings andother culture-based forms of violence against women.How can we make sense of this varied terrain?

In this important and challenging new book, Alison Phippsconstructs a political sociology of womens bodies around keydebates: sexual violence, gender and Islam, sex work andmotherhood. Her analysis uncovers dubious rhetorics and paradoxicalallegiances, and contextualizes these within the powerful coalitionof neoliberal and neoconservative frameworks. She explores howfeminism can be caricatured and vilified at both endsof the political spectrum, arguing that Western feminisms are nowfaced with complex problems of positioning in a world where genderoften comes second to other political priorities.

This book provides a welcome investigation into Western politicsaround womens bodies, and will be particularly useful toscholars and upper-level students of sociology, political science,gender studies and cultural studies, as well as to anyoneinterested in how bodies become politicized.

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Alison Phipps is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of Gender Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. Between 2009 and 2012, she was Chair of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association of the UK and Ireland.

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"Phipps explores the ways in which modern-day feminist beliefsintersect with and may even be appropriated by neoliberal andneoconservative agendas As Phipps observes, unlessaccompanied by structural change, choice is too oftenonly meaningful for a small elite."
New Statesman

"Anybody who wants to know about contemporary political confusionsabout the body should start here"
Times Higher Education

"Thought-provoking, caustic, and self-reflexive, as itswide range of themes reflect both breadth and depth in analyticscope."
Gender and Society

The Politics of the Body offers valuable insightsinto the insidious ways in which neo-conservative and neo-liberalagendas shape even our most intimate thinking and behaviourA rich and provocative set of arguments that could inform effortsto revitalise the feminist politics of the body,reconnecting the personal with the political, instead ofpositioning it as an end in itself
Gender and Development

''This is a brave and important book. Beautifully written, cogentlyargued and with vivid up-to-date examples, it shows how aneoliberal and neoconservative politics is rewriting our commonsense about bodies. A must-read for students and scholars ofgender, sociology and cultural studies.''
Rosalind Gill, City University London


''Alison Phipps revises the old feminist understanding ofvictimhood in the context of neoliberal andneoconservative politics. Her analysis shows how mythologies aboutvictims not only prevail but also are spurred on by the politicaland economic agendas of contemporary capitalism.''
Kristin Bumiller, Amherst College


"This book can be useful for a range of different actors, practitioners, and researchers in sociology, especially those working on and for gender issues. The Politics of the Body is a well-documented and responsible must-read account of gender equality challenges in the contemporary Western world."
Bodies in Society

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