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The Body : A Reader - Mariam Fraser

The Body

A Reader

By: Mariam Fraser (Editor), Monica Greco (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th October 2004
ISBN: 9780415340083
Number Of Pages: 368

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The body has become an increasingly significant concept in recent years and this Reader offers a stimulating overview of the main topics, perspectives and theories surrounding the issue. This broad consideration of the body presents an engagement with a range of social concerns, from the processes of racialization to the vagaries of fashion and performance art, enacted as surgery on the body. Individual sections cover issues such as:

  • the body and social (dis)order
  • bodies and identities
  • bodily norms
  • bodies in health and dis-ease
  • bodies and technologies.

Containing an extensive critical introduction, contributions from key figures such as Butler, Sedgwick, Martin Scheper-Huges, Haraway and Gilroy, and a series of introductions summarizing each section, this Reader offers students a valuable practical guide and a thorough grounding in the fascinating topic of the body.

Notes on contributors
Introduction Mariam Fraser and Monica Greco
What is a Body?
Refiguring Bodies
The Experience of the Body and Classical Psychology Maurice
The Burden and Blessing of Mortality
Ethology, Spinoza and Us
Bodies that Matter
The Body and Social (Dis)order
Techniques of the Body
The Two Bodies
Embodied Information in Face-to-Face Interaction Erving Goffman
Belief and the Body Pierre Bourdieu
The Grotesque Image of the Body Mikhail Bakhtin
Civilisation and Psychosomatics
The Political Investment of the Body Michel Foucault
Bodies and Identities
Lesbian Bodies: Tribates, tomboys and tarts
Thin is the Feminist Issue
Ageing and its Embodiment
Divinity: A dossier, a performance piece, a little-understood emotion Eve Kofosky Sedgwick and Michael Moon
(Dis)identifications of Class: On not being working class Beverley Skeggs
In Novel Conditions: The cross-dressing psychiatrist Rosanne
Endangered/endangering: Schematic racism and white paranoia
Normal Bodies, or Not
Orgasm, Generation, and the Politics of Reproductive Biology
Measuring Heads
The Body in the Archive Alan Sekula
Visualising the Disabled Body: The classical nude and the fragmented torso
Bodies, Disability and Spaces: The social model and disabling spatial organizations
Monstruosity and the Monstrous Georges Canguilhem
Bodies in Health and Disease
Complex Systems Emily Martin
Portraits of People with AIDS
The Global Traffic in Human Organs Nancy
The Self Unmade: Embodied paranoia
Hypochondriasis: The ironic disease
Bodies and Technologies
Genetic Risk and the Birth of the Somatic Individual
The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies: Constitutions of self in immune system discourse
The Pleasure of the Interface Claudia Springer
Race Ends Here
IatroGenesis: The visible human project and the reproduction of life
Twice Dead: Organ transplants and the reinvention of death
Bodies in Consumer Culture
Soft-soaping Empire: Commodity racism and imperial advertising
The Finest Consumer Object: The body
The Commercialization of Discipline: Keep-fit culture and its values
The United Colors of Diversity: Essential and inessential culture
Enterprising Kinship: Consumer choice and the new reproductive technologies
Body Ethics
'Clay Cunningly Compounded' Peter Brown
'I do not want to look like
Survival as a Social Construct
The Body's Problems with Illness
The Structure of Torture Elaine Scarry Guide to
Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780415340083
ISBN-10: 041534008X
Series: Routledge Student Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1