1 Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism: Framing the Politics of the Body 7
2 Sexual Violence and the Politics of Victimhood 20
3 Gender and Islam in a Neoconservative World 49
4 The Commodified Politics of the Sex Industry 76
5 The New Reproductive Regimes of Truth 102
Further Reading 184
"Phipps explores the ways in which modern-day feminist beliefs intersect with and may even be appropriated by neoliberal and neoconservative agendas
As Phipps observes, unless accompanied by structural change, choice is too often only meaningful for a small elite."
"Anybody who wants to know about contemporary political confusions about the body should start here"
Times Higher Education
"Thought-provoking, caustic, and self-reflexive, as its wide range of themes reflect both breadth and depth in analytic scope."
Gender and Society
The Politics of the Body offers valuable insights into the insidious ways in which neo-conservative and neo-liberal agendas shape even our most intimate thinking and behaviour A rich and provocative set of arguments that could inform efforts to revitalise the feminist politics of the body, reconnecting the personal with the political, instead of positioning it as an end in itself
Gender and Development
''This is a brave and important book. Beautifully written, cogently argued and with vivid up-to-date examples, it shows how a neoliberal and neoconservative politics is rewriting our common sense about bodies. A must-read for students and scholars of gender, sociology and cultural studies.''
Rosalind Gill, City University London
''Alison Phipps revises the old feminist understanding of victimhood in the context of neoliberal and neoconservative politics. Her analysis shows how mythologies about victims not only prevail but also are spurred on by the political and economic agendas of contemporary capitalism.''
Kristin Bumiller, Amherst College
"This book can be useful for a range of different actors, practitioners, and researchers in sociology, especially those working on and for gender issues. The Politics of the Body is a well-documented and responsible must-read account of gender equality challenges in the contemporary Western world."
Bodies in Society