The Body Reader: Essential Social and Cultural Readings

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Lisa Jean Moore, Mary Kosut
NYU Press, 2010 - Social Science - 419 pages
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An essential collection of readings on cultural, social, and emotional understandings of the body

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, L:ea 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.

 

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AM I GOOD ENOGH FOR MY FAMILY

Contents

Vulnerable Bodies
27
Current Cultural Constructions of
48
Am I Good Enough for My Family?
66
The Changing Contours of Sexual Violence
80
The Phenomenology of Death Embodiment and
108
Chemically Reactive Bodies Knowledge and Society
124
Bodies as Mediums
141
Embodied Capitalism and the Meth Economy
164
Extraordinary Bodies
283
Teaching While Leaking
305
Finding Sex Changing Sex
317
Scars
329
Bodies in Media
345
Representing Fat Women
367
The Representation of Illicit Drug
384
Womens ProAnorexic Narratives in Cyberspace
399

The Racial Nose
201
The Semiotic Seductive Power of the Tanned Body
228
Being a Body in Televideo Cybersex
252
List of Contributors
413
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Lisa Jean Moore is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluid and co-author of Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility and Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee. She is also co-editor of the collection The Body Reader and, with Monica Casper, oversees the series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century for NYU Press.

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