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Young girls embodied experiences of femininity and social class.

Francombe-Webb, J. and Silk, M., 2016. Young girls embodied experiences of femininity and social class. Sociology, 50 (4), 652-672.

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DOI: 10.1177/0038038514568233


Based on research with middle-upper class 12-13 year old school girls, we discuss how femininities were embodied and discursively reconstructed in class-based ways. The data suggests the girls understood class antagonisms within the boundaries of neoliberal discourses of responsibilisation, self-discipline, self-worth, and ‘proper’ conduct and choices. With class stripped of any structural or structuring properties, instead imparted to the fleshy sinews of the (excessive) body, the data reveals how social class was made visible and manifest in various mechanisms of, and meanings about, inclusion, exclusion, pathology and ‘normalisation.’ Thus, in explicating the ways in which the school girls embodied middle-class femininity (as the epitome of localised and everyday neoliberalism) we highlight how, in turn, ‘others’ (‘chavs’) were pathologised and deemed in need of regulation, management and governance.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:embodiment, femininity, intersectionality, neoliberalism, social class
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:22043
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Jun 2015 12:00
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:51


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