Vivre avec un corps asymétrique. Mastectomie, résistances et réappropriation

Translated title of the contribution: Living with an Asymmetric Body. Mastectomy, Resistances and Re-appropriation

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Abstract

In France, following the removal of a breast due to cancer, the majority of female patients does not undergo any surgical reconstruction, and continue to live with only one breast, or none at all. This article compares the strategies of resistance and re-appropriation of two NGOs, and those of patients who are not involved in any organization. One NGO promotes the social acceptance of bodily asymmetry while the other underlines the importance of personal acceptance of one’s new physical condition (known as reconstruction of identity). The patients, however, display a management of asymmetry that includes acts of resistance against bodily norms, as well as acts of accommodation with bodily norms. The article concludes that the processes of resistance to normative bodily representations are thus only partial ones.
Translated title of the contributionLiving with an Asymmetric Body. Mastectomy, Resistances and Re-appropriation
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)81-99
JournalCahiers du Genre
Issue number60
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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