Queer and Uncanny: An Ethnographic Critique of Female Natural Bodybuilding
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis article presents an ethnographic critique of the corporeal experiences of women as self-proclaimed natural bodybuilders. Drawing on detailed ethnographic work and interviews with 10 female naturals, a bricolage of multiply gendered identities and affiliations is produced. The analysis questions how in working to a “natural ethic,” while desiring a “deviant aesthetic,” the female bodybuilder is paradoxically repressed by a “natural gendered order.” The narrative draws reflexively on psychoanalytic theory and transgendered perspectives, to examine the cultural concept: natural as a “queer” and “uncanny” paradox in which gender and identity are made and simultaneously dislocated.
CitationGarratt, D. (2015). Queer and Uncanny: An Ethnographic Critique of Female Natural Bodybuilding. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(9), 776-786. DOI: 10.1177/1077800415574910
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