Postfeminism and Body Image

Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans, Martine Robson

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Postfeminism and Body Image is a groundbreaking work that provides a poststructuralist and psychosocial analysis of key issues at the intersections of body image, psychology and media. The book outlines the theoretical framework through the work of renowned philosophers, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, and their use in feminist scholarship, to address body-image issues and challenges in the context of a postfeminist sensibility.

The authors rethink body image, calling into question assumptions and obligations that affect recent issues related to social-media use, body positivity, the transformation imperative, body shaming and muscular masculinity. The analysis shows the advantage of seeing body image as a form of non-linear warfare, structured by contradiction, confusion and critique, where attempts to challenge oppressive body image practices are appropriated under the guise of positive alternatives to maintain that oppression. Through real-world examples, these nuanced concepts are made relatable and comprehensible to the readers. The book also offers a number of affirmative and hopeful ways forward.

This is an indispensable resource for students and professionals of Gender studies, Health Psychology, Social Psychology and Media and Cultural Studies. It is also ideal for anyone exploring body image, self-image, postfeminism and poststructualism.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9780429056000
ISBN (Print)9780367172848
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2022


  • Feminist Psychology Social Influence Gender Identity & Sex Roles Psychology of New Media Self & Social Identity Body Image Psychological Science Behavioral Sciences Social Psychology Psychological Disorders - Adult Mental Health


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