In the Flesh The Cultural Politics of Body Modification

ISBN-10: 0312293119
ISBN-13: 9780312293116
Edition: 2003 (Revised)
Authors: Victoria Pitts
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 239
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

TThe 1990s saw the dramatic rise of spectacular forms of body modification, which included the tattoo renaissance and the rise in body piercing, the emergence of neo-tribal practices like scarification and flesh hanging, and the invention of new, high-tech forms of body art like subdermal implants. This book, based on years of interviews with body modifiers throughout the United States, is both sympathetic and critical and provides the most comprehensive look at this phenomenon. From punk rock to "modern primitives," from queer sadomasochism to cyberpunks, sociologist Victoria Pitts provides insight into the full range of body modification subcultures. Whether by turning themselves into female punks, neo-tribal "primitives" or science fiction cyborgs, body modifiers are engaged in the project of "reclaiming" their bodies from the machine of modern life. Pitts explores the connections between body modification and contemporary struggles over sex and gender, and widespread attitudes about identity, consumption, and the body.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Bodies of Power: New Body Art Technologies
Subversive Bodies, Invented Selves: Theorizing Body Politics
Reclaiming the Female Body: Women Body Modifiers and Feminist Debates
Visibly Queer: Body Technologies and Sexual Politics
Modern Primitivism and the Deployment of the Other
Cyberpunk, Biomedicine, and the High-Tech Body
Conclusion: Reading the Postmodern Techno-Body
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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