1st Edition

The Body
A Reader





ISBN 9780415340083
Published January 9, 2005 by Routledge
368 Pages

USD $80.95

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Book Description

The body has become an increasingly significant concept in recent years and this Reader offers a stimulating overview of the main topics, perspectives and theories surrounding the issue. This broad consideration of the body presents an engagement with a range of social concerns, from the processes of racialization to the vagaries of fashion and performance art, enacted as surgery on the body. Individual sections cover issues such as:





  • the body and social (dis)order


  • bodies and identities


  • bodily norms


  • bodies in health and dis-ease


  • bodies and technologies.


Containing an extensive critical introduction, contributions from key figures such as Butler, Sedgwick, Martin Scheper-Huges, Haraway and Gilroy, and a series of introductions summarizing each section, this Reader offers students a valuable practical guide and a thorough grounding in the fascinating topic of the body.

Table of Contents

1. What is a Body? 2. The Body and Social (Dis)order 3. Bodies and Identities 4. Normal Bodies, or Not 5. Bodies in Health and Dis-ease 6. Bodies and Technologies 7. Bodies in Consumer Culture 8. Body Ethics

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Biography

Mariam Fraser, Monica Greco