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Strong and Hard Women: An ethnography of female bodybuilding (Routledge Advances in Ethnography) Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041562441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415624411
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,569,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This exciting study is based on Tanya Bunsell’s own fascinating journey into the world of female bodybuilding. It provides a unique perspective on an under researched area of sporting, gendered and embodied life, and will as a book make an important contribution to the literature. Ground breaking in its discoveries, it will appeal to students and academics interested in the sociology of sport, body studies, gender studies and the performance of gender, and the history and culture of women’s sport and leisure.

Chris Shilling, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kent, UK.

‘In Strong and Hard Women, Tanya Bunsell has delivered an outstanding ethnography of female bodybuilding. The book is a rich portrait of becoming, being, and having a muscular female body. By investigating the question of whether female bodybuilding can be an empowering transgression of hegemonic standards of feminine embodiment, Bunsell offers an important book that deserves to be widely read and debated.’

Brett Smith, Editor of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, UK.

‘As one of the first sustained ethnographic studies of the subculture of female bodybuilding, Bunsell’s energetic thesis focuses on the lived experience of female bodybuilding and the actual process of building and sculpting muscles during all those hours of dedication to the gym. This book will be an essential read for researchers of sport, exercise and the body; scholars of feminism and gender politics and anyone who has ever known the lure of the gym, its clang of metal weights and the exquisite pain of pumped muscles.’

Niall Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Media and Film, University of Sussex, UK.

‘This remarkably insightful ethnography examines the women who inhabit the subculture of bodybuilding, an activity which she presents as both transgressive and troubling. Bunsell’s approach is made all the more poignant by showcasing the lived experiences of not only the female bodybuilders whom she interviews, but also herself, hence offering an unusually intimate investigation of both research and researcher.’

Adam Locks, Programme Co-ordinator of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Chichester, UK.

This important work provides no easy answers to the cultural ambivalences that exist around women, muscularity, and strength, but it offers much to contemplate.

 E. J. Staurowsky, Drexel University , Summing Up: Highly recommended.CHOICE Review, December 2014

About the Author

Tanya Bunsell is a Lecturer in Sport Sociology at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. She has been teaching since 2003 and was awarded her PhD in Sociology from the University of Kent in 2010.


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Format: Hardcover
This exciting study is based on Tanya Bunsell's own fascinating journey into the world of female bodybuilding. It provides a unique perspective on an under researched area of sporting, gendered and embodied life, and will as a book make an important contribution to the literature. Ground breaking in its discoveries, it will appeal to students and academics interested in the sociology of sport, body studies, gender studies and the performance of gender, and the history and culture of women's sport and leisure.

Chris Shilling, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kent, UK.

`In Strong and Hard Women, Tanya Bunsell has delivered an outstanding ethnography of female bodybuilding. The book is a rich portrait of becoming, being, and having a muscular female body. By investigating the question of whether female bodybuilding can be an empowering transgression of hegemonic standards of feminine embodiment, Bunsell offers an important book that deserves to be widely read and debated.'

Brett Smith, Editor of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, UK.

`As one of the first sustained ethnographic studies of the subculture of female bodybuilding, Bunsell's energetic thesis focuses on the lived experience of female bodybuilding and the actual process of building and sculpting muscles during all those hours of dedication to the gym. This book will be an essential read for researchers of sport, exercise and the body; scholars of feminism and gender politics and anyone who has ever known the lure of the gym, its clang of metal weights and the exquisite pain of pumped muscles.'

Niall Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Media and Film, University of Sussex, UK.
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Format: Hardcover
This exciting study is based on Tanya Bunsell's own fascinating journey into the world of female bodybuilding. It provides a unique perspective on an under researched area of sporting, gendered and embodied life, and will as a book make an important contribution to the literature. Ground breaking in its discoveries, it will appeal to students and academics interested in the sociology of sport, body studies, gender studies and the performance of gender, and the history and culture of women's sport and leisure.

Chris Shilling, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kent, UK.

`In Strong and Hard Women, Tanya Bunsell has delivered an outstanding ethnography of female bodybuilding. The book is a rich portrait of becoming, being, and having a muscular female body. By investigating the question of whether female bodybuilding can be an empowering transgression of hegemonic standards of feminine embodiment, Bunsell offers an important book that deserves to be widely read and debated.'

Brett Smith, Editor of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, UK.

`As one of the first sustained ethnographic studies of the subculture of female bodybuilding, Bunsell's energetic thesis focuses on the lived experience of female bodybuilding and the actual process of building and sculpting muscles during all those hours of dedication to the gym. This book will be an essential read for researchers of sport, exercise and the body; scholars of feminism and gender politics and anyone who has ever known the lure of the gym, its clang of metal weights and the exquisite pain of pumped muscles.'

Niall Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Media and Film, University of Sussex, UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muscular Writing 12 Feb. 2015
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This is not only a fascinating read about female bodybuilders, the obstacles both physical and societal which they encounter, the "dark side" of bodybuilding, and of course the shining pinnacles of competition and self-satisfaction but this book is also one of the strongest (if you will) examples of finely-honed technical writing I've ever read. Ms. Bunsell quite deftly manages the difficult task of packing an incredible amount of information into a rather constrained writing style while keeping the prose nimble and moving right along. A fascinating work for those interested in the world of female bodybuilding or for writers who want to acquaint themselves with the rigors of a well-written ethnography.
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