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.
About the Author
Karen McGarry is an assistant professor of anthropology at McMaster University, Hamilton. She previously held positions in the anthropology departments at Trent and York universities. Broadly speaking, her research focuses upon two areas of interest: the anthropology of sport, with an interest in high-performance and competitive sport; and educational anthropology. She is a co-author of Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach (2013), and her work has appeared in Genders, The Gendered Society Reader, Reviews in Anthropology, The Sport Journal, and elsewhere.
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From the Introduction by Karen McGarry and Lynda Mannik
Bodies are both sensorial and affective entities. We experience the world in multi-sensory waysthrough hearing, touch, taste, smell, and vision. However, given that mass media relies heavily upon the proliferation and circulation of primarily visual information (in keeping with the ocularcentrism of Western societies), a particular emphasis will be placed upon analyses of the ways in which the visualization of mediated bodies seeks to produce, transform, or destabilize normative ideals of Canadianness. The authors in this volume address the ways in which the presentation and visualization of mediated images merge the body with that of the nation. Despite a growing body of literature on affect, emotion, and embodiment, there exists a paucity of ethnographic or other qualitative, empirically based analyses within Canadian contexts. Specifically, this collection will ask its readers to think about visual techniques, methods, and strategies that are employed by and through a variety of forms of media with the intent of creating an effect, and to cultivate a sense of emotional rapport linked to Canadian nationalism.
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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