The Managed Body

Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South

  • Chris Bobel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Chris Bobel
    Pages 1-42
  3. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Chris Bobel
      Pages 45-67
  4. Framing the Problem: Stories of Risk, Risk of Stories

  5. Framing the Solution: Developing the “Good Body”

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-351

About this book


The Managed Body is an invested critique of the discourses of ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ (MHM)--a growing social movement to support menstruating girls in low and middle income countries. Bobel shows how MHM organizations frame the issues by claiming menstruating girls encounter ‘a hygienic crisis’ that authorizes rescue. Faced by the challenges of capturing attention and directing resources, MHM advocates often inadvertently rely upon weak evidence and spectacularized representations to promote a product-centered, consumerist agenda that actually accommodates more than it resists the core problem of menstrual stigma.


Global South Postcolonial feminism Menstrual hygiene Women and girls Human rights Mixed methodologies Women-in-development

Authors and affiliations

  • Chris Bobel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBoston, MAUSA

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