Bodies Without Borders

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Globalization is often thought of as an abstract process that happens "out there" in the world. But people are ultimately the driving force of global change, and people have human bodies that are absent in current conversations about globalization. The original scholarly research and first-person accounts of embodiment in this volume explore the role of bodies in the flows of people, money, commodities, and ideas across borders. From Zumba fitness classes to martial arts to fashion blogs and the meanings of tattooing, the contributors examine migrating body practices and ideals that stretch across national boundaries.

Author Biography

Afshan Jafar is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Connecticut College. Her first book from Palgrave Macmillan, Women's NGOs in Pakistan (2011), uncovers the overwhelming challenges facing women's NGOs and examines the strategies used by them to ensure not just their survival but an acceptance of their messages by the larger public.

Erynn Casanova is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador (University of Texas Press, 2011), which won the National Women's Studies Association's Sara A. Whaley Book Prize.

Table of Contents

Bodies without Borders: Migrations and Traveling Discourses of Embodiment
1. West Indian Immigrant Women, Body Politics and Cultural Citizenship; Kamille Gentles-Peart
2. Don't You See? [personal reflection]; Mónica Moreno Figueroa
3. New Femininity, Neoliberalism and Young Women's Fashion Blogs in Singapore and Malaysia; Joel Robert Gwynne
4. Fashion of Fear: Securing the Body in an Unequal Global World; Barbara Sutton
5. My Struggle with the Headscarf [personal reflection]; Nahed Eltantawy
6. The Global Martial Circuit and Globalized Bodies; Lionel Loh
7. The Face is the Mask: Global Modifications of Body and Soul [personal reflection]; Thomas J.D. Armbrecht
8. Images in Skin: Tattooed Performers in Germany in the 20th Century and Today; Verena Hutter
9. Fragments: Stories of An-Other Life [personal reflection]; Anisha Gautam
10. 'A Mover la Colita': Zumba Dance-Fitness and Latin American Body Image in a Global World; Diana Brenscheidt

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