body politic

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1. An ideological struggle between individuals, groups, and social institutions over control of the human body.

2. Institutionalized social practices and policies through which the human body is regulated.

3. The active struggle of socially disadvantaged groups against the social forces regulating the use and representation of their bodies, originally associated primarily with feminism (notably in association with rape, sexual abuse, violence, and abortion). A form or aspect of identity politics.

4. The ways in which power may be communicated through nonverbal communication, particularly the power of men over women (a concept discussed by Henley in her book Body Politics).

5. The attribution of social characteristics to individuals or groups on the basis of bodily features. See also racial stereotyping.

6. Controversies in the visual representation of the body, particularly over visual stereotyping. See also face-ism; fragmentation; objectification.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Media Studies.

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