Seven years ago, while attending a conference in the USA, renowned feminist sociologist Ann Oakley broke her right arm on an icy hotel path. The accident led her to consider a myriad of themes: the identification of women with their bodies, the problem of ageing, the confusion between bodies and identity, and the self-serving insularity of medicine and the law. The author of over 30 books including The Sociology of Housework, From Here to Maternity and Gender on Planet Earth, Ann Oakley uses her own personal experience to reflect on something that affects us all: what it’s like to live in an imperfect body.
Fracture: Adventures of a Broken Body by Ann Oakley is published by The Policy Press. ISBN 978-1861349378
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