‘It’s Down to You. Psychology, Magazine Culture and the Governing of the Female Body’

Blackman, Lisa. 2010. ‘It’s Down to You. Psychology, Magazine Culture and the Governing of the Female Body’. In: Lori Reed and Paula Saukko, eds. Governing the Female Body: Gender, Health, and Networks of Power. State University of New York Press, pp. 19-39. ISBN 978-1438429526 [Book Section]

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Drawing on Foucault’s notion of governmentality, this collection explores relations between the intimate governance of bodies and political governance. The contributors offer empirically grounded yet theoretically sophisticated case studies showing how gendered, racialized, and socioeconomic agendas structure medical and scientific practices. Developing and utilizing a poststructuralist feminist framework, the chapters investigate emerging gendered discourses and practices around health, such as breast cancer charities, lifestyle genetic testing, new reproductive technologies, and the development and marketing of various psychotropic and hormonal drugs. This will be a key reader for anyone interested in the social implications of cutting-edge medical technologies.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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12 Oct 2015 16:28

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27 Jun 2017 13:42



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