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Reclaiming Canadian Bodies

Visual Media and Representation

Edited by Karen McGarry & Lynda Mannik
Subjects Social Science, Gender Studies, Film & Media, Cultural Studies
Series Cultural Studies Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554589838, 272 pages, February 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554589920, 272 pages, February 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Reclaiming Canadian Bodies: Visual Media and Representation, edited by Lynda Mannik and Karen McGarry
Introduction | Karen McGarry and Lynda Mannik
Section 1: Embodied Ideals
The Media and the Ideal and Fat Body: An Examination of Embodiment and Affect in a Canadian Context | Wendy Mitchinson
We've Got Beaver! Women as a National Resource in Canadian Beer Commercials | Ailsa Craig
Ethnographic "Frictions" and the "Ice Scandal": Affect, Mass Media, and Canadian Nationalism in High-Performance Figure Skating | Karen McGarry
Section 2: The Embodiment of "Others"
Pride, Shame, and Canadian Sporting Identities: Media Depictions of Wayne Gretzky, Ben Johnson, and Georges St-Pierre | Dale Spencer and Bryan Hogeveen
Arrivals by Boat in the Canadian Press: Humanitarian Effort or Crisis? | Lynda Mannik
Section 3: Embodied Activism and Advocacy
Feeling Our Pain: The Embodied Cinema of Loretta Todd | Jennifer L. Gauthier
"On Devrait Tout Détruire": Photography, Habitus, and Symbolic Violence in Clichy-sous-Bois and Regent Park | Chris Richardson
Media Legacies: Community, Memory, and Territory | Michael Connors Jackman
Conclusion | Lynda Mannik and Karen McGarry


The central focus of Reclaiming Canadian Bodies is the relationship between visual media, the construction of Canadian national identity, and notions of embodiment. It asks how particular representations of bodies are constructed and performed within the context of visual and discursive mediated content. The book emphasizes the ways individuals destabilize national mainstream visual tropes, which in turn have the potential to destabilize nationalist messages.
Drawing upon rich empirical research and relevant theory, the contributors ask how and why particular bodies (of Estonian immigrants, sports stars, First Nations peoples, self-identified homosexuals, and women) are either promoted and upheld as “Canadian” bodies while others are marginalized in or excluded from media representations. Essays are grouped into three sections: Embodied Ideals, The Embodiment of “Others,” and Embodied Activism and Advocacy. Written in an accessible style for a broad audience of scholars and students, this volume is original within the field of visual media, affect theory, and embodiment due to its emphasis on detailed empirical and, in some cases, ethnographic research within a Canadian context.