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Unformatted text preview: Holly Beilin ISL Ch 34 Women, Power, and Hair March 29 1. Why is hair an important cultural artifact? • Hair is simultaneously public and visible to everyone, personal and biologically attached to the body, and highly malleable to suit cultural and personal preferences • Hair is central to a woman’s social position 2. What is power? Why is the body an important site for power struggles? • Power-the ability to obtain desired goals through controlling or influencing others; embedded in relationships and relative to a given situation • To create docile bodies, disciplinary practices have evolved through which individuals make choices about the body that give it meaning • The body is an especially important site for power struggles between men and women because women aim to create a feminine or submissive body 3. How does Weitz define resistance? Accommodation? Does she think they should be treated as polar opposites? Why or why not? • Resistance- actions that not only reject subordination but do so by challenging the ideologies that support the subordination; offer the potential to spark social change • Accommodation- actions that accept subordination by adopting or not challenging the existing ideologies • Resistance and accommodation should be thought of as coexisting variables since every given action might contain elements of both 4. What is the most common way women use their hair to seek power? What are some examples of how they do this? Can these strategies be considered resistance ones? Why or why not? • Women commonly use their hair to seek power through strategies that de-emphasize resistance and instead empathize accommodation to mainstream ideas about attractiveness • Cutting hair or leaving it long; curling or straightening, dyeing hair, are all examples of this • These strategies are intentional courses of action designed to resist subordination by increasing power, but...
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course SOCI 112 taught by Professor Lucas during the Fall '11 term at UNC.
- Fall '11