The Invisible Scars: Feminist Perspectives on Breast Cancer

Cicatrius (in)visibles

Cicatrius (in)visibles (The Invisible Scars), a new book edited by Ana Porroche-Escudero, Gerard Coll-Planas, and Caterina Riba published in March (2016) by Capsa de Pandora.

The book, translated into in Catalan, demystifies the dominant discourses of pink ribbon culture, analyzes androcentric, political, and economic biases in breast cancer biomedicine, and explores embodied resistance to socially constructed body rules and conventions about breast cancer.

The editors are seeking opportunities to translate and publish the book in English and Spanish, so stay tuned!

Table of Contents:

Preface. Breast cancer: the feminist rebellion has just started – Mari Luz Esteban
Chapter 1. Introduction – Ana Porroche-Escudero*, Caterina Riba and Gerard Coll-Planas

PART I. THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF BREAST CANCER

Chapter 2. The ideological context of the experience of breast cancer – Gerard Coll-Planas

Chapter 3. Breast cancer movements: history, ideologies and politics – Gayle Sulik*

Chapter 4. Critical analysis of breast cancer awareness campaigns – Ana Porroche-Escudero*

Chapter 5. Cancer’s margins: sexual minorities, cancer care, knowledge and subjectivities – Geneviève Rail, Mary Bryson, Tae Hart, Jacqueline Gahagan and Janice Ristock

PART II. ANDROCENTRIC, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL BIASES IN MEDICINE

Chapter 6. Breast cancer: the relationship with the environmental and working conditions – Carme Valls-Llobet

Chapter 7. Controversies on breast cancer screening: does it save lives or does it damage health? – Júlia Ojuel and Grazia de Michele*

Chapter 8. Breast reconstruction: The multiple ways to reconstruct femininity? An analysis of the strategies of femininity construction after mastectomy – Cinzia Greco*

Chapter 9. The social context of oncofertility – Dorothy Roberts

Chapter 10. Sexual desire, embodied knowledge and women cancer patients’ realization of their sexual rights- Ana Porroche-Escudero* and Begoña Arrieta

PART III. PLURALISTIC FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNTS OF BREAST CANCER

Chapter 11. Taking responsibility for one’s body. Alternative narratives of cancer – Caterina Riba

Chapter 12. Economic rights of persons living with cancer – Ana Porroche-Escudero* and Beatriz Figueroa

Chapter 13. Experiences and expressions of a contraphobic – Victoria Fernández

Chapter 14. Oncogrrrls: dance as a political space for creating new narratives of breast cancer – Caro Novella and Marisa Paituví

Chapter 15. Autobiography of a cancer-butch – Ainhoa Irueta

Epilogue – Teresa Forcades i Vila

*Partners of the Breast Cancer Consortium

Book Launch

On March 31st, 2016 (In)visible Scars: Feminist Perspectives on Breast Cancer  launched at the venue Francesca Bonnemaison in Barcelona, Spain. Teresa Maria Pitarch, Chair of the Catalan Women’s Institute and Editors Ana Porroche-Escudero and Caterina-Riba participated in the event, chaired by acclaimed feminist writer Isabel Franc. During the event Mireia Vidal-Conte read poems. The event concluded with an emotive question and answer session.

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Updated April 30, 2016.

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