The Body Reader

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Plastic surgery, obesity, anorexia, pregnancy, prescription drugs, disability, piercings, steroids, and sex re-assignment surgery: over the past two decades there have been major changes in the ways we understand, treat, alter, and care for our bodies. The Body Reader is a compelling, cutting-edge, and timely collection that provides a close look at the emergence of the study of the body.From prenatal genetic testing and "manscaping" to televideo cybersex and the "meth economy," this innovative work digs deep into contemporary lifestyles and current events to cover key concepts and theories about the body. A combination of twenty one classic readings and original essays, the contributors highlight gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality, paying special attention to bodies that are at risk, bodies that challenge norms, and media representations of the body. Ultimately, The Body Reader makes it clear that the body is not neutral it is the entry point into cultural and structural relationships, emotional and subjective experiences, and the biological realms of flesh and bone.Contributors: Patricia Hill Collins, Karen Dias, H. Hugh Floyd, Jr., Arthur Frank, Sander L. Gilman, Gillian Haddow, Richard Huggins, Matthew Immergut, Lea Kent, Kristen Karlberg, Steve Kroll-Smith, Mary Kosut, Jarvis Jay Masters, Lisa Jean Moore, Tracey Owens Patton, William J. Peace, Jason Pine, Eric Plemons, Barbara Katz Rothman, Edward Slavishak, Phillip Vannini, and Dennis Waskul.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Not Just the Reflexive Reflex: Flesh and Bone in the Social Sciencesp. 1
Vulnerable Bodies
The Body's Problems with Illnessp. 31
Laboring Now: Current Cultural Constructions of Pregnancy, Birth, and Motheringp. 48
Am I Good Enough for My Family? Fetal Genetic Bodies and Prenatal Genetic Testingp. 66
Assume the Position: The Changing Contours of Sexual Violencep. 80
The Phenomenology of Death, Embodiment, and Organ Transplantationp. 108
Chemically Reactive Bodies, Knowledge, and Societyp. 124
Bodies as Mediums
"Made by the Work": A Century of Laboring Bodies in the United Statesp. 147
Embodied Capitalism and the Meth Economyp. 164
Extreme Bodies/Extreme Culturep. 184
The Racial Nosep. 201
To Die For: The Semiotic Seductive Power of the Tanned Bodyp. 228
The Naked Self: Being a Body in Televideo Cybersexp. 252
Extraordinary Bodies
Manscaping: The Tangle of Nature, Culture, and Male Body Hairp. 287
Incongruent Bodies: Teaching While Leakingp. 305
Envisioning the Body in Relation: Finding Sex, Changing Sexp. 317
Scarsp. 329
Slippery Slopes: Media, Disability, and Adaptive Sportsp. 332
Bodies in Media
Hey Girl, Am I More Than My Hair? African American Women and Their Struggles with Beauty, Body Image, and Hairp. 349
Fighting Abjection: Representing Fat Womenp. 367
Images of Addiction: The Representation of Illicit Drug Use in Popular Mediap. 384
The Ana Sanctuary: Women's Pro-Anorexic Narratives in Cyberspacep. 399
List of Contributorsp. 413
Indexp. 417
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