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Bodies in Crisis

Culture, Violence, and Women's Resistance in Neoliberal Argentina

Barbara Sutton

Publication Year: 2010

Born and raised in Argentina and still maintaining significant ties to the area, Barbara Sutton examines the complex, and often hidden, bodily worlds of diverse women in that country during a period of profound social upheaval. Based primarily on women's experiential narratives and set against the backdrop of a severe economic crisis and intensified social movement activism post-2001, Bodies in Crisis illuminates how multiple forms of injustice converge in and are contested through women's bodies. Sutton reveals the bodily scars of neoliberal globalization; women's negotiation of cultural norms of femininity and beauty; experiences with clandestine, illegal, and unsafe abortions; exposure to and resistance against interpersonal and structural violence; and the role of bodies as tools and vehicles of political action.


Through the lens of women's body consciousness in a Global South country, and drawing on multifaceted stories and a politically embedded approach, Bodies in Crisis suggests that social policy, economic systems, cultural ideologies, and political resistance are ultimately fleshly matters.

Published by: Rutgers University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-ix

In envisioning, conducting, and writing this study I have benefited from the support and insight of many people at different stages of the project. I especially thank Sandra Morgen and Linda Fuller for their kind counsel, perceptive comments, and encouragement to produce rigorous and socially engaged...

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1. Bodies in Crisis: An Introduction

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pp. 1-34

In December 2001, the world’s attention turned to Argentina. The Argentine economy collapsed, food riots spread across the country, and the president declared a state of emergency that would limit freedom of movement and assembly. Masses of people openly defied the presidential decision, flooding the...

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2. Bodily Scars of Neoliberal Globalization

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pp. 35-63

Much has been written about the globalization of capitalist economies and the neoliberal ideologies that promote this expansion, but few of these analyses have looked explicitly at the bodily dimensions of the economy.1 Yet as some of the news headlines above suggest, human bodies and the economy are...

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3. Beautiful Bodies: Femininity, Appearance, and Embodiment

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pp. 64-95

Feminists have produced substantial literature showing that women’s bodily appearance and demeanor are central to the social construction of femininity.1 The way women move and dress, the amount of space they claim, and the size and shape of their bodies are essential to performances of gender, race, class...

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4. More Than Reproductive Uteruses: Maternal Bodies and Abortion

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pp. 96-128

As in other parts of Latin America, motherhood is an expected, celebrated, idealized, and naturalized role for women in Argentina (Tarducci 2008a). In addition to the aesthetic aspects of feminine appearance and demeanor, motherhood—which also requires a particular kind of bodily...

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5. Embattled Bodies: Violence Against Women

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pp. 129-160

Social aggression directed at women’s bodies is expressed not only through social structures and institutions but also through micro interactions. In the previous chapters, I examined women’s bodily experiences in relation to the Argentine political economy, cultural norms of femininity and beauty, and...

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6. Bodies in Protest: Poner el Cuerpo

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pp. 161-190

Throughout this book, I have explored various strategies that women use to cope with, negotiate, and resist unjust conditions. The responses of different women to these social forces were sometimes individual, sometimes collective and more overtly political, and sometimes both. In this chapter, I examine the significance...

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7. Conclusion: Embodiment, Glocalities, and Resistance

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pp. 191-208

Based primarily on women’s experiential narratives, this book suggests that social policy, economic systems, cultural ideologies, and political resistance are also fleshly matters, and that in order to create more equitable, just, and humane societies, we need to take into account the bodily worlds of marginalized...

Notes

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pp. 209-219

References

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pp. 221-245

Index

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pp. 247-256


E-ISBN-13: 9780813555416
E-ISBN-10: 0813555418

Page Count: 270
Illustrations: 2 illustrations. 1 table and 1 graph
Publication Year: 2010