Acts of Institution: Embodying Feminist Rhetorical Methodologies in Space and Time
Rhetoric Review, Vol. 28, No.3, pp. 285-303, 2009
Posted: 20 Dec 2009
Date Written: 2009
While feminist scholars consider bodies, dress, and space central to inquiry into gendered rhetorics, we lack methodologies that situate these factors - and the additional factor of time - in an integrated system. Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “acts of institution” can help feminist rhetoricians to construct richer accounts of the gendering of the female body. The example of rhetorics surrounding women factory workers in World War II America demonstrates how rhetorical practices produce gender differences through embodied, spatiotemporal rhetorics. In this case wartime adjustments did not bring about long-term changes because they relied on a fundamental antithesis between men and women.
Keywords: gender, body, time, space, methodology, rhetoric, feminism
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