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Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life

Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life - 07 edition

Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life - 07 edition

ISBN13: 9780822338451

ISBN10: 0822338459

Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life by Margaret Lock - ISBN 9780822338451
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
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Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life by Margaret Lock - ISBN 9780822338451

ISBN13: 9780822338451

ISBN10: 0822338459

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 07

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Summary

Over the past several decades, scholars in both the social sciences and humanities have moved beyond the idea that there is a body proper: a singular, discrete biological organism with an individual psyche. They have begun to perceive embodiment as dynamic rather than static, as experiences that vary over time and across the world as they are shaped by discourses, institutions, practices, technologies, and ideologies. What has emerged is a multiplicity of bodies, inviting a great many disciplinary points of view and modes of interpretation. The forty-seven readings presented in this volume range from classic works of social theory, history, and ethnography to more recent investigations into historical and contemporary modes of embodiment. Beyond the Body Proper includes nine sections conceptually organized around themes such as everyday life, sex and gender, and science. Each section is preceded by interpretive commentary by the volumes editors. Within the collection are articles and book excerpts focused on bodies using tools and participating in rituals, on bodies walking and eating, and on the female circumcision controversy, as well as pieces on medical classifications, spirit possession, the commodification of body parts, in vitro fertilization, and an artist/anatomists plastination of cadavers for display. Materialist, phenomenological, and feminist perspectives on embodiment appear along with writings on interpretations of pain and the changing meanings of sexual intercourse. Essays on these topics and many others challenge Eurocentric assumptions about the body as they speak to each other and to the most influential contemporary trends in the human sciences.