Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves How Feminism Travels Across Borders

ISBN-10: 0822340666
ISBN-13: 9780822340669
Edition: 2007
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The book "Our Bodies, Ourselves" is a feminist success story. Selling more than four million copies since its debut in 1970, it has challenged medical dogmas about women's bodies and sexuality, shaped health care policies, energized the reproductive rights movement, and stimulated medical research on women's health. The book has influenced how generations of U.S. women feel about their bodies and health. "Our Bodies, Ourselves" has also had a whole life outside the United States. It has been taken up, translated, and adapted by women across the globe, inspiring more than thirty foreign language editions. Kathy Davis tells the story of this remarkable book's global circulation. Based on interviews with members of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, the group of women who created "Our Bodies, Ourselves," as well as responses to the book from readers, and discussions with translators from Latin America, Egypt, Thailand, China, Eastern Europe, Francophone Africa, and many other countries and regions, Davis shows why "Our Bodies, Ourselves" could never have been so influential if it had been just a popular manual on women's health. It was precisely the book's distinctive epistemology, inviting women to use their own experiences as resources for producing situated, critical knowledge about their bodies and health, that allowed the book to speak to so many women within and outside the United States. Davis provides a grounded analysis of how feminist knowledge and political practice actually travel, and she shows how the process of transforming "Our Bodies, Ourselves" offers a glimpse of a truly transnational feminism, one that joins the acknowledgment of difference and diversityamong women in different locations with critical reflexivity and political empowerment.

Bryan S. Turner was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge (1998�2005) and at the National University of Singapore (2005�09). He is currently the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College USA and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has published The New Medical Sociology (W. W. Norton & Co, 2004) and The Body & Society (Sage, 2008).  Kathy Davis is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of History and Culture, Utrecht University. Previous publications include Negotiating at the Margins (Rutgers University Press, 1992), Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body (Sage, 1997), The Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies (Sage, 2006).Mary Evans is Professor of Women's Studies at Kent University. Recent publications include Love: An Unromantic Discussion (Polity,2002), Gender and Social Theory (Open University Press, 2003),  Killing Thinking : The Death of the Universities (Continuum, 2004), the Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies (Sage, 2006), and A Short History of Society (Open University Press, 2007).Victoria Pitts is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her publications include In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification (Palgrave, 2003) and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2007). She is also editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body (Greenwood Press, 2008) and co-editor of the journal Women's Studies Quarterly.Darin Weinberg is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Cambridge University.Soon-hee Whang  is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Institute of Social Science, Tsukuba University. She has published extensively in educational sociology, cultural sociology, and sports sociology in Korean, Japanese, and English. She is the author, in Japanese, of Japan's Elite High Schools (Sekai, 1998) and 'Sports Within Culture: The Paradox of Sport and Spectacle in Korean Sumo' in For Those Learning Sports Sociology , eds Inoue and Kameyama (Sekai, 1999).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Book and Its Travels
OBOS in the United States: The Enigma of a Feminist "Success Story"
OBOS Abroad: From "Center" to "Periphery" and Back
Feminist Politics of Knowledge
Between Empowerment and Bewitchment: The Myth of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Reclaiming Women's Bodies: Colonialist Trope or Critical Epistemology?
Creating Feminist Subjects: The Reader and the Text
Transnational Body/Politics
Oppositional Translations and Imagined Communities: Adapting OBOS
Transnational Knowledges, Transnational Politics
Foreign-Language Editions of OBOS
Books Inspired by OBOS
Translations and Adaptations of OBOS in Progress
Translations and Adaptations of OBOS Seeking Funds for Start-up
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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