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ERIC Number: EJ1114822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1940-7882
Embodied Minds: College Women's Experience and the Panopticon of Higher Education
Ropers-Huilman, Rebecca; Winters, Kelly T.; Hakkola, Leah
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v9 n2 p115-132 2016
This article explores the ways in which women's perceptions of their own bodies affect their experiences as students in higher education. Based on online focus group interviews with 25 college women, the authors use Foucault's concept of the "Panopticon" to consider how students internalize and enforce gendered expectations related to ideal body types within college contexts. Centered in the belief that college is a time when people develop their identities, this study investigates how women students' experiences in college are influenced by their embodied minds. We demonstrate how their feelings of being critically observed and judged influenced decisions related to their academic and social interactions as well as their academic success and feelings of belonging. The article concludes by urging educators and scholars to pay attention to the ways in which minds "and" bodies influence teaching and learning interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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