Becoming Women: The Embodied Self in Image Culture

By Carla Rice

© 2014

In a culture where beauty is currency, women’s bodies are often perceived as measures of value and worth. The search for visibility and self-acceptance can be daunting, especially for those on the cultural margins of “beauty.”

Becoming Women offers a thoughtful examination of the search for identity in an image-oriented world. That search is told through the experiences of a group of women who came of age in the wake of second and third wave feminism, featuring voices from marginalized and misrepresented groups.

Carla Rice pairs popular imagery with personal narratives to expose the “culture of contradiction” where increases in individual body acceptance have been matched by even more restrictive feminine image ideals and norms. With insider insights from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Rice exposes the beauty industry’s colonization of women’s bodies, and examines why “the beauty myth” has yet to be resolved.

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  • Page Count: 408 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Becoming Women offers a thoughtful examination of the search for identity in an image-oriented world. That search is told through the experiences of a group of women who came of age in the wake of second and third wave feminism, featuring voices from marginalized and misrepresented groups.

Becoming Women: The Embodied Self in Image Culture

By Carla Rice

© 2014

In a culture where beauty is currency, women’s bodies are often perceived as measures of value and worth. The search for visibility and self-acceptance can be daunting, especially for those on the cultural margins of “beauty.”

Becoming Women offers a thoughtful examination of the search for identity in an image-oriented world. That search is told through the experiences of a group of women who came of age in the wake of second and third wave feminism, featuring voices from marginalized and misrepresented groups.

Carla Rice pairs popular imagery with personal narratives to expose the “culture of contradiction” where increases in individual body acceptance have been matched by even more restrictive feminine image ideals and norms. With insider insights from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Rice exposes the beauty industry’s colonization of women’s bodies, and examines why “the beauty myth” has yet to be resolved.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 408 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘The concepts are clearly defined, allowing the reader to keep pace with the wealth of ideas and subjects discussed… This work significantly demonstrates the autonomy and agency of Women in creating their own embodiment in a society that pushes for a strict standard of how women should look and act.’


    Ashley Crouch
    Journal of Religion and Culture vol 26:1-2:2016

    ‘Finally we have sophisticated feminist disability work that moves beyond social construction of gender and disability… Highly recommended.’
    P.A. Murphy
    Choice Magazine vol 52:01:2014

    ‘Becoming Women is a rare gem for disability studies that grounds complex theory within the personal narratives of women with disabilities…. The book highlights the need for cultural change in viewing disabled bodies, particularly within medicalized caregiving settings.’


    Kaley Roosen
    Canadian Journal of Disability Studies vol 3:03:2014

    Becoming Women reveals and analyses crucial dimensions of women’s experiences, with a depth that has not been attained before. A model for all in examining people’s lives, it constitutes a serious advance in state-of-the-art research.”
    Natalie Beausoleil, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

    “Well written and accessible, this is an interesting book that raises some important issues around women’s embodiment.”
    Sarah Grogan, Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University

    “Based on interviews with the first generation of women to have grown up in an image-saturated world replete with image technologies, Becoming Women offers the reader an extensive and engaging exploration of ‘image culture’. The rich narrative about how women ‘worry about their bodies’ provides a good introduction to issues surrounding beauty culture and its impact on girls and women.
    Dawn Currie, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia
  • Author Information

    Carla Rice is the Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. She has more than 20 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and media consultant on body image and beauty culture.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations and Tables
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Searching for Identity in Image Culture

    1 In the Shadow of Difference

    2 In a Girl's Body

    3 Invisible in Full View

    4 The Student Body

    5 Puberty as Sexual Spectacle

    6 A Body That Looks, and Feels, Like a Woman

    7 In the Mirror of Beauty Culture

    Conclusion: Out of the Shadows

    Appendix A: Participant Profiles
    Appendix B: Interview Guide and Advertising Flyer
    References
    Index

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