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Understanding Circumcision : Understanding Circumcision Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Genital Integrity - Safeguarding Fundamental Human Rights in the 21st Century, Held December 7-9, 2000, in Sydney, Australia - George C. Denniston

Understanding Circumcision

Understanding Circumcision Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Genital Integrity - Safeguarding Fundamental Human Rights in the 21st Century, Held December 7-9, 2000, in Sydney, Australia

Hardcover Published: 31st October 2001
ISBN: 9780306467011
Number Of Pages: 404

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Every year, in the United States and the third world combined, 13.3 million boys and 2 million girls are circumcised. Whether because of perceived medical, cultural, or religious necessity, most of these parents feel they have no alternative but to allow their children to undergo this surgery. Sparking intense debate, the circumcision of children is a highly controversial and complex phenomenon that touches a variety of sociological areas, such as religious beliefs, identity issues, medical conceptualizations, fear, and superstition. The contributors to this volume comprise an international panel of experts in the fields of medicine, psychology, law, ethics, sociology, anthropology, history, theology, and politics. In 18 chapters they discuss the history of circumcision; document the physical and psychological consequences of circumcision; present the latest anatomical discoveries about the male prepuce; analyze the role of circumcision in various traditions; reveal the medical industry's investment in the practice; describe current legislative efforts to protect children from circumcision; and outline effective, culturally sensitive methods that are being implemented today to safeguard the human rights of at-risk children.
For its insights into this troubling aspect of culture, Understanding Circumcision: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Multi-Dimensional Problem is a critically important contribution to the growing body of literature on this subject.

Ending the Forced Genital Cutting of Children and the Violation of their Human Rights: Ethical, Psychological and Legal Considerationsp. 1
Jewish Circumcision: An Enigma in Historical Perspectivep. 19
The Compulsion to Circumcise is Constant: The Reasons Keep Changingp. 55
Male Circumcision in South Korea: History, Statistics, and the Role of Doctors in Creating a Circumcision Rate of Over 100%p. 61
Attitudes of Egyptian Intellectuals Towards Genital Integrity for Allp. 83
Sunna Gudnin: An Alternative Ritual to Infibulation in Merka Somaliap. 99
The Struggle Against Female Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision: The European Experiencep. 113
A Review of Circumcision in New Zealand: 'I never liked doing them and I was pleased to give them up'p. 129
Circumcision of Boys in Sweden: Proposal for Government Regulationp. 147
"A Source of Serious Mischief:" The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Preventive Circumcision in Australiap. 153
The Frenular Delta: A New Preputial Structurep. 199
Physical, Sexual, and Psychological Effects of Male Infant Circumcision: An Exploratory Surveyp. 207
Neonatal Circumcision: Its Long-Term Harmful Effectsp. 241
Ritual and Medical Circumcision among Filipino Boys: Evidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorderp. 253
Assaulted and Mutilated: A Personal Account of Circumcision Traumap. 271
Doctors, Be Warned: Circumcise Today, and You Could Be Sued Tomorrowp. 291
The Limits of the Law: Comparative Analysis of Legal and Extralegal Methods to Control Child Body Mutilation Practicesp. 297
Circumcision as a Component of the Normative Abuse of Children: Introducing the Proclamation for Transforming the Lives of Childrenp. 367
Resourcesp. 377
Contributorsp. 383
Indexp. 389
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ISBN: 9780306467011
ISBN-10: 0306467011
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 31st October 2001
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.0