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What a Body Can Do: Rethinking Body Functionality Through a Feminist Materialist Disability Lens

Show simple item record Rice, Carla Riley, Sarah LaMarre, Andrea Bailey, K. Alysse 2021-06-21T18:22:28Z 2021-04-08 2021-06-21 2021-04-08
dc.description.abstract A burgeoning body of literature shows a positive relationship between body functionality and positive body image. Although still nascent, research centering experiences of people with disabilities and bodily differences develops this literature. In this article, we offer directions for this research, bringing body functionality into dialogue with feminist materialist disability theory to examine relations between people’s bodily perceptions and the socio-material worlds they occupy. Feminist disability theory re-imagines difference through an affirmative lens, conceptualising body image as relational and processual, and approaching difference through four orientations: difference is basic to the world; difference is not deficiency; difference is not the problem, our inhospitable and ableist world is; and centering difference exposes the mythical norm. We apply this lens to body functionality research, and outline implications for research, practice, and theory, arguing that building a bridge between these frameworks offers a stepping off point for exciting directions for body image research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
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dc.subject feminist disability theory en_US
dc.subject body functionality en_US
dc.subject positive body image en_US
dc.subject embodiment en_US
dc.subject bodymind difference en_US
dc.subject materialism en_US
dc.title What a Body Can Do: Rethinking Body Functionality Through a Feminist Materialist Disability Lens en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.embargo 2023-04-08
dcterms.relation Rice, C., Riley, S., LaMarre, A., & Bailey, K. A. (2021). What a body can do: Rethinking body functionality through a feminist materialist disability lens. Body Image, 38, 95-105. en_US

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