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Guarding the Body

Private Security Work in Rio de Janeiro

Erika Robb Larkins

something of the training experience beyond just asking about the body. 3 The Private Security Industry Like private security globally, the Brazilian sector has been on the rise for the past decade. A 2010 national survey found there to be 1.7 times as many

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Digitizing the Western Gaze

The End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign

Jessica Cammaert

highlights the racial, post-colonial contours of the Guardian’s global media campaign and particularly the former colonial metropole’s slick repackaging of past imperialist discourses of the body in new digitized ways. The End FGM documentaries, shortened

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Princesses, Bad Little Boys, and Normal People

Fluidity and the Queer Body in Adventure Time

Candice D. Roberts

The importance of the body has been theorized by philosophers, biologists, and social scientists, but even more relevant to this discussion is the unimportance of the body. Judith Butler (2011) argues that in order for some bodies to matter

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The Body in Motion

Communism and Epistemology in Iva Pekárková's Novel Truck Stop Rainbows

Simona Fojtová

Drawing on feminist conceptualisations of the body, this essay analyses Iva Pekárková’s novel, Truck Stop Rainbows (published as Péra a Perutě [Feathers and wings] in 1989, translated into English in 1992), to show how this contemporary Czech writer challenges the metaphor of the female body as a container through which communist propaganda in Czechoslovakia offi cially sanctioned and established a normative female identity in maternal, economic and civic functions. I seek to demonstrate how Fialka, the female protagonist who lives under the Czechoslovak communist regime of the 1980s, critiques discursive and epistemic formations that conceptualised the female body as a vessel for reproduction and labour and denied the female body the authority to function as a source of knowledge. Striving to spotlight the body in its cognitive role, I argue for an understanding of the body not as an instrument of knowledge or a neutral medium that enables knowledge production but, rather, as a condition of the possibility of knowing.

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The Significance of the Body

The Construction of Masculinity among German Students

Jurgen Budde

This article discusses strategies of constructing masculinity among German school boys and shows the close interrelation of social status, social and symbolic value, and the success or failure of playing with male gender orders. It highlights the important role of the body in these processes. Based on data from ethnographical research the article shows that the body is an actor as well as target in the subordination strategies, which often includes the feminisation of other boys

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Beyond the Body

Guillaume Dustan and the Poetics of Materialization

Michael Valinsky

itself, and is it not the case that they never actually show themselves as we read the marks that they leave…. There is no writing without the body,” she posits, “but no body fully appears along with the writing that it produces” ( Butler 2015: 28 ). In

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‘What is going on here?’ Gazing, Knowledge and the Body at a Pilgrimage Shrine

John Eade

portraying dramatic events associated with them. Lourdes emerged as a particularly controversial shrine because of people's claims to having been miraculously healed there. The body became a prime focus of the photographic gaze in this context, and

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Beyond the Body Count

Field Notes as First Responder Witness Accounts

Patricia Krueger-Henney

left our solemn group of four with mixed feelings. Her face does not reveal any emotion. I know I just saw (and maybe endorsed?) how these systems stay intact and unchallenged, and it is the bodies of the misbehaving that are to be rehabilitated to fit

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The Body as the Affective Materiality of Ageing in a Future City

Tiina Suopajärvi

impressions, our collective body starts to take shape (ibid.). In this article, the body refers first to our collaborative design process and second to the socio-material and discursive construction of ageing bodies in our society. To understand how the

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Timing in Karate and the Body in Its Own Right

Einat Bar-On Cohen

Training toward 'perfect timing' in karate entails deciphering small movements and interpreting them as signs of an opponent's decision to launch an attack. It includes the aptitude to perceive those signs and react to them before the attacker is aware of her own decision. It also depends on the ability of the body to perceive and move without recourse to cognition. This article considers the body in its own right as well as how it is involved in social construction. Following Sheet-Johnstone, the article contends that movement as it is performed is a tool of data collecting, sense making, and action. It attempts to show how movement organizes a social setting that enables intentionality and also opens up the possibility of violence obstructing that intentionality.