In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification

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Palgrave Macmillan Limited, 2003 - Social Science - 239 pages
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TThe 1990s saw the dramatic rise of spectacular forms of body modification, which included the tattoo renaissance and the rise in body piercing, the emergence of neo-tribal practices like scarification and flesh hanging, and the invention of new, high-tech forms of body art like subdermal implants. This book, based on years of interviews with body modifiers throughout the United States, is both sympathetic and critical and provides the most comprehensive look at this phenomenon. From punk rock to "modern primitives," from queer sadomasochism to cyberpunks, sociologist Victoria Pitts provides insight into the full range of body modification subcultures. Whether by turning themselves into female punks, neo-tribal "primitives" or science fiction cyborgs, body modifiers are engaged in the project of "reclaiming" their bodies from the machine of modern life. Pitts explores the connections between body modification and contemporary struggles over sex and gender, and widespread attitudes about identity, consumption, and the body.

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

Both fascinating and frightening, Pitts' look at body modification and the surrounding cultural politics is both encompassing and detailed enough to provide various case studies and examples. While ... Read full review

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User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

An interesting read but the constant "as SCHOLAR NAME says/calls it" was awkward. Also, if you're reading this while injured like I did (broken clavicle and bruised) you may have a hard time ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Victoria Pitts teaches sociology at Queens College CUNY. She lives in New York.

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