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Author: Sarah Riley; Adrienne Evans; Martine Robson
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Critical Approaches to Health Ser.
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This groundbreaking book employs a transdisciplinary and poststructuralist methodology to develop the concept of 'postfeminist healthism, ' a twenty-first-century understanding of women's physical and mental health formed at the intersections of postfeminist sensibilities, neoliberal constructs of citizenship and the notion of health as an individual responsibility managed through consumption. Postfeminist healthism  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Riley, Sarah.
Postfeminism and Health : Critical Psychology and Media Perspectives.
Milton : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Riley; Adrienne Evans; Martine Robson
ISBN: 9781317301547 1317301544
OCLC Number: 1047893507
Description: 1 online resource (213 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series Information; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of contents; Series editor preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; This girl can; Postfeminist healthism; Overview of the book; Note; 1 Self-help; Nobody can be anybody else, but we can all be better; Historicising our 'inner self'; Between Homo economicus and Homo sentimentalis; The women are not all right; Mean girls grow up; Conclusion: the confidence trick; Notes; 2 Weight; In a fat-hating society, is everyone fat?; Governed by the scale Problems with BMI (or, what to say next time a nurse suggests weighing you)'Your health your choices'; Health at every size?; Conclusion: health is not a lifestyle; Notes; 3 Technologies; Upgrading the body; Technologies: self, subjectivity, norms and experts; Striving for normalcy with weight-loss surgery; Female genital cosmetic surgery --
choice in what context?; Conclusion; Notes; 4 Sex; Liberating women; Inventing sex; The rise of the sexpert; The big 'o'; Sexual dysfunction and risky subjects: am I normal?; Conclusion; Notes; 5 Pregnancy; Snapping back into shape Mapping the pregnant body: historical connections'Expecting': the perfection of postfeminist pregnancy; Governing postfeminist pregnancy; Conclusion; Notes; 6 Intimate responsibilities; The good mother; A woman's place: caring, postfeminism and re-traditionalisation; Responsibility and risk: government, media and commerce; Breast is best?; Conclusion; Notes; 7 Pro-ana; Unhealthy transformations; Anorexia in a postfeminist sensibility; Eat something; Pro-ana; Pro-ana, healthism and mediation: 'those pics make me sick'; Conclusion; Notes; Epilogue; Assembling postfeminism and health Pulling threads and ending on a high noteNotes; References; Index
Series Title: Critical Approaches to Health Ser.

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This groundbreaking book employs a transdisciplinary and poststructuralist methodology to develop the concept of 'postfeminist healthism, ' a twenty-first-century understanding of women's physical and mental health formed at the intersections of postfeminist sensibilities, neoliberal constructs of citizenship and the notion of health as an individual responsibility managed through consumption. Postfeminist healthism is used in this book to explore seven topics where postfeminist sensibility has the most impact on women's health: self-help, weight, surgical technologies, sex, pregnancy, responsibilities for others' health and pro-anorexia communities. The book explores the ways in which the desire to be normal and live a good life is tied to expectations of 'normal-perfection' circulated across interpersonal interactions, media representations and expert discourses. It diagnoses postfeminist healthism as unhealthy for both those women who participate in it and those whom it excludes and considers how more positive directions may emerge. By exploring the under-researched intersection of postfeminism and health studies, this book will be invaluable to researchers and students in psychology, gender and women's studies, health research, media studies and sociology.

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