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Inquiring Bodies book
In this chapter, the author reviews theory and research on embodied identity and the relationships among identity, demographic categories, and intersectionality. The body as a project, vulnerable bodies, and mundane bodies as modes of doing embodiment are also considered. Identities are constructed within the sticky web of culture by embodied people and embodied communication among them. Systems of identity categories are developed, imposed, adapted, and resisted as they come to matter in the world. Identity categorization is not merely social construction but has material effects on bodies, whether they conform to or defy the parameters of their categories. Complicating and energizing the matter of embodied identity further is the concept of intersectionality. Class identity intersects with race and gender in complex ways. 'Embodiment of nonheteronormative identities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or LGBTQIA) is another key aspect of identity explored in one close examination of a personal journey of transition for a FTM (female to male) transgender person.