Body Modification

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Mike Featherstone
SAGE Publications, Jun 6, 2000 - Social Science - 352 pages
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This fascinating collection explores the growing range of body modification practices such as piercing, tattooing, branding, cutting and inserting implants, which have sprung up recently in the West. It asks whether this implies that we are returning to traditional tribal practices of inscribing identities onto bodies on the part of 'modern primitives', or is body modification better understood as purely cosmetic and decorative with body markings merely temporary signs of transferable loyalties?

Contributors address the question of the permanence of body transformation through fitness regimes and body building; look at the French performance artist Orlan and the Australian performance artist Stelarc who explored Western standard o

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Contents

An Introduction
1
NonMainstream
15
Dealing
77
Copyright

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Mike Featherstone is Professor of Communications and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University.

CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA :

Zygmunt Bauman University of Leeds

Henning Bech University of Copenhagen

Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim Universtiy of Erlangen

Mary Evans University of Kent at Canterbury

David Frisby University of Glasgow

Mike Hepworth University of Aberdeen

Eva Illouz Tel-Aviv University

Maria Esther Maciel Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Michael Richardson SOAS, University of London

Laura Rival University of Kent at Canterbury

Andrew Travers Somerset

Jeffrey Weeks South Bank University

Sasha Weitman Tel-Aviv University

Sam Whimster London Guildhall University

Elizabeth Wilson University of North London

Cas Wouters University of Utrecht

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