Beyond the Body Proper Reading the Anthropology of Material Life

ISBN-10: 0822338459

ISBN-13: 9780822338451

Edition: 2007

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Description: 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 volume's 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/anatomist's "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. Withselections by: 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 K. 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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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Mariella Pandolfi is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal.

Gregory M. Pflugfelder is Assistant Professor of Japanese History at Columbia University, and author of Seiji to daidokoro (Politics of the kitchen) (1986).

Note on the Format of the Book
Judith Farquhar and Margaret Lock: Introduction
An Emergent Canon, or Putting Bodies on the Scholarly Agenda
Friedrich Engels: On the Part Played by Labor in the Transition from Ape to Man
Robert Hertz: The Pre-eminence of the Right Hand: A Study in Religious Polarity
Marcel Granet: Right and Left in China
Marcel Mauss: Techniques of the Body
Victor Turner: Symbols in Ndembu Ritual
Terence S. Turner: The Social Skin
Philosophical Studies or Learning How to Think Embodiment
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlook
Walter Benjamin: On the Mimetic Faculty
Maurice Merleau-Ponty: From The Phenomenology of Perception
Ian Hacking: Making Up People
Judith Butler: From Bodies That Matter
Bruno Latour: Do You Believe in Reality?
Fundamental Processes, or Denaturalizing the Given
E. E. Evans-Pritchard: Time and Space
Caroline Walker Bynum: Women Mystics and Eucharistic Devotion in the Thirteenth Century
Kristofer M. Schipper: On Breath
Henry Abelove: Some Speculations on the History of "Sexual Intercourse" during the "Long Eighteenth Century" in England
Margaret Lock: Human Body Parts as Therapeutic Tools: Contradictory Discourses and Transformed Subjectivities
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing: Meratus Embryology
Everyday Life, or Exploring the Body's Times and Spaces
Michel de Certeau: Walking in the City
Michael Taussig: Tactility and Distraction
Peter Stallybrass and Allon White: The City: The Sewer, the Gaze, and the Contaminating Touch
Judith Farquhar: Medicinal Meals
Nancy K. Miller: Rereading as a Woman: The Body in Practice
Colonized Bodies, or Analyzing the Materiality of Domination
Janice Boddy: Remembering Amal: On Birth and the British in Northern Sudan
Susan Pedersen: National Bodies, Unspeakable Acts: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Policy Making
Stuart Cosgrove: The Zoot Suit and Style Warfare
Patricia Leyland Kaufert and John D. O'Neil: Cooptation and Control: The Reconstruction of Inuit Birth
Jean Langford: Dosic Bodies/Docile Bodies
Desires and Identities, or Negotiating Sex and Gender
John Boswell: Men, Beasts, and "Nature"
Gregory M. Pflugfelder: Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse
Emily Martin: The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: We Always Make Love with Worlds
Bodies at the Margin, or Attending to Distress and Difference
Barbara Duden: The Woman beneath the Skin: A Doctor's Patients in Eighteenth-Century Germany
Mariella Pandolfi: Memory within the Body: Women's Narrative and Identity in a Southern Italian Village
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Nervoso
Arthur Kleinman and Joan Kleinman: Somatization: The Interconnections in Chinese Society among Culture, Depressive Experiences, and the Meanings of Pain
Alice Domurat Dreger: Jarring Bodies: Thoughts on the Display of Unusual Anatomies
Capitalist Production, or Accounting the Commodification of Bodily Life
E. P. Thompson: Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism
Aihwa Ong: The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia
Brad Weiss: Plastic Teeth Extraction: The Iconography of Haya Gastro-Sexual Affliction
Matthew Schmidt and Lisa Jean Moore: Constructing a "Good Catch," Picking a Winner: The Development of Technosemen and the Deconstruction of the Monolithic Male
Margaret Lock: Alienation of Body Parts and the Biopolitics of Immortalized Cell Lines
Knowing Systems, or Tracking the Bodies of the Biosciences
Shigehisa Kuriyama: Pulse Diagnosis in the Greek and Chinese Traditions
Rayna Rapp: Real-Time Fetus: The Role of the Sonogram in the Age of Monitored Reproduction
Charis Thompson: Quit Sniveling, Cryo-Baby, We'll Work Out Which One's Your Mama!
Jose van Dijck: Bodyworlds: The Art of Plastinated Cadavers
Keith Wailoo: Inventing the Heterozygote: Molecular Biology, Racial Identity, and the Narratives of Sickle-Cell Disease, Tay-Sachs, and Cystic Fibrosis
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