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Sex differentiation and body fat: local biologies and gender transgressions
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2010 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 379-391Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how sex differentiation is invoked from body fat with a focus on how various monitoring devices participate in the construction of bodies. By using the concept of ‘local biologies', denoting the linkage of the body to place with its local physical and social conditions, it argues against the ‘one-size-fits-all' paradigm of modern medicine and critiques the mechanistic search for regularity in medical research. By looking at medical literature on obesity and how contemporary obesity researchers and clinicians link body fat to sex, local biologies of bodies in a Swedish obesity clinic are contrasted to the universal biologies represented in medical research. The article also provides empirical examples of how fat has the potential to undermine traditional sex and gender binaries.

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2010. Vol. 17, no 4, p. 379-391
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Gender and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15749DOI: 10.1177/1350506810377697ISI: 000283845200006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78149396973Local ID: f4bf6c70-7220-11df-ab16-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-15749DiVA, id: diva2:988724
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Validerad; 2010; 20100607 (petjon)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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