Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis

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Sheila L. Cavanagh, Angela Failler, Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst
Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 21, 2013 - Social Science - 277 pages
An interdisciplinary study of skin bridging cultural and psychoanalytic theory to consider how the body's "exterior" is central to human subjectivity and relations. The authors explore racialization, body modification, self-harm, and comedic representations of skin, drawing from the clinical domain, visual arts, popular culture, and literature.

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SHEILA L. CAVANAGH is an associate professor in Sociology and the Sexualities Studies Coordinator at York University, Canada. She is author of Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies (University of British Columbia Press, 2007) and Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination (University of British Columbia Press, 2010) and has published articles in a range of international peer-reviewed journals.

ANGELA FAILLER is an associate professor of Sociology and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Her research lies in the phenomena at the intersection of culture, embodiment and psychical life and has published writings on anorexia and self-harm.

RACHEL HURST is assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Anthropology at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, and author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography and Skin.