By Margaret Lock, Judith Farquhar
Over the last a number of many years, students in either the social sciences and arts have moved past the concept there's a “body proper”: a unique, discrete organic organism with somebody psyche. they've got all started to understand embodiment as dynamic instead of static, as studies that fluctuate over the years and internationally as they're formed by means of discourses, associations, practices, applied sciences, and ideologies. What has emerged is a multiplicity of our bodies, inviting a good many disciplinary issues of view and modes of interpretation. The forty-seven readings provided during this quantity variety from vintage works of social idea, historical past, and ethnography to more moderen investigations into old and modern modes of embodiment.
Beyond the physique Proper comprises 9 sections conceptually equipped round subject matters comparable to way of life, intercourse and gender, and technological know-how. every one part is preceded by way of interpretive statement via the volume’s editors. in the assortment are articles and ebook excerpts serious about our bodies utilizing instruments and taking part in rituals, on our bodies jogging and consuming, and at the woman circumcision controversy, in addition to items on clinical classifications, spirit ownership, the commodification of physique components, in vitro fertilization, and an artist/anatomist’s “plastination” of cadavers for reveal. Materialist, phenomenological, and feminist views on embodiment look besides writings on interpretations of ache and the altering meanings of sexual activity. Essays on those issues etc problem Eurocentric assumptions concerning the physique as they converse to one another and to the main influential modern developments within the human sciences.
With decisions by means of: Henry Abelove, Walter Benjamin, Janice Boddy, John Boswell, Judith Butler, Caroline Walker Bynum, Stuart Cosgrove, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze, Alice Domurat Dreger, Barbara Duden, Friedrich Engels, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Judith Farquhar, Marcel Granet, Felix Guattari, Ian Hacking, Robert Hertz, Patricia Leyland Kaufert, Arthur Kleinman, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Jean Langford, Bruno Latour, Margaret Lock, Emily Martin, Karl Marx, Marcel Mauss, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nancy ok. Miller, Lisa Jean Moore, John D. O’Neil, Aihwa Ong, Mariella Pandolfi, Susan Pedersen, Gregory M. Pflugfelder, Rayna Rapp, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Kristofer Schipper, Matthew Schmidt, Peter Stallybrass, Michael Taussig, Charis Thompson, E.P. Thompson, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Victor Turner, Terence Turner, Jose van Dijck, Keith Wailoo, Brad Weiss, Allon White
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Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life (Body, Commodity, Text) by Margaret Lock, Judith Farquhar