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Bodies, gender, place and culture: 21 years on

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This article examines research on embodiment published in Gender, Place and Culture (GPC) over the past two decades. We searched using the keywords ‘body’, ‘bodies’, ‘embodiment’, ‘embody’, ‘flesh’, ‘fleshy’, ‘corporeality’ and ‘corporeal’, the titles and abstracts of all the articles that have appeared in GPC since it first began publication in 1994. Articles containing these keywords were listed in a searchable bibliography. What we found was a growing volume of research inspired by ‘body politics’ produced over a 21-year period that compares favourably to cognate geography journals. We also found that various themes have emerged including maternal and geopolitical bodies. In other areas, we identified gaps. Throughout the article, we engage with the question: has the upsurge of interest in embodiment, as expressed in the pages of GPC since 1994, led to an upheaval of masculinist ways of thinking in the discipline? We conclude by expressing our feelings of ambivalence.
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Keywords: ambivalence; ambivalencia; embodiment; encarnación; gender; género; masculinism; masculinismo; materialidad; materiality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Geography Programme, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, 3240, New Zealand

Publication date: March 16, 2014

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