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A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

ISBN: 978-1-4443-4046-4
560 pages
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment offers original essays that examine historical and contemporary approaches to conceptualizations of the body.

  • In this ground-breaking work on the body and embodiment, the latest scholarship from anthropology and related social science fields is presented, providing new insights on body politics and the experience of the body
  • Original chapters cover historical and contemporary approaches and highlight new research frameworks
  • Reflects the increasing importance of embodiment and its ethnographic contexts within anthropology
  • Highlights the increasing emphasis on examining the production of scientific, technological, and medical expertise in studying bodies and embodiment
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Introduction.

Frances E. Mascia-Lees.

1. AESTHETICS.

Aesthetic Embodiment and Commodity Capitalism.

Frances E. Mascia-Lees.

2. AFFECT.

Learning Affect/Embodying Race.

Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas.

3. AUTOETHNOGRAPHY.

When I was a Girl (Notes on Contrivance).

Roger N. Lancaster.

4. BIOETHICS.

Embodied Ethics: From the Body as Specimen and Spectacle to the Body as Patient.

Nora Jones.

5. BIOPOWER.

Biopower and Cyberpower in Online News.

Dominic Boyer.

6. BODILINESS.

The Body beyond the Body: Social, Material and Spiritual Dimensions of Bodiliness.

Terence Turner.

7. COLONIALISM.

Bodies under Colonialism.

Janice Boddy.

8. CULTURAL PHENOMENOLOGY.

Embodiment: Agency, Sexual Difference, and Illness.

Thomas Csordas.

9. DEAD BODIES.

The Deadly Display of Border Politics.

Rocio Magaña.

10. DISSECTION.

Bodies That Matter: Dismemberment, Dissection, and the Return of the Repressed.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

11. (TRANS)GENDER.

Tomboi Embodiment.

Evelyn Blackwood .

12. GENOMICS.

Embodying Molecular Genomics.

Margaret Lock.

13. HAPTICS.

Haptic Creativity and the Mid-embodiments of Experimental Life.

Natasha Myers and Joe Dumit.

14. HYBRIDITY.

Hybrid Bodies of the Scientific Imaginary.

Lesley Sharp .

15. IMPAIRMENT.

Sporting Bodies: Sensuous, Lived, and Impaired.

P. David Howe.

16. KINSHIP.

Bodily Betrayal: Love and Anger in the Time of Epigenetics.

Emily Yates-Doerr.

17. MASCULINITIES.

The Male Reproductive Body.

Emily Wentzell and Marcia Inhorn.

18. MEDIATED BODIES.

Fetal Bodies, Undone.

Lynn M. Morgan.

19. MODIFICATION.

Blurring the Divide: Modifying Human and Animal Bodies.

Margo DeMello.

20. NEOLIBERALISM.

Embodying and Affecting Neoliberalism.

Carla Freeman.

21. PAIN.

Pain and Bodies.

Jean E. Jackson.

22. PERSONHOOD.

Embodiment and Personhood.

Andrew J. Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart.

23. POST-SOCIALISM.

Troubling the Reproduction of the Nation.

Michele Rivkin-Fish.

24. RACIALIZATION.

To Do Races With Bodies.

Didier Fassin.

25. THE SENSES.

Polysensoriality.

David Howes.

26. SENSORIAL MEMORY.

Embodied Legacies of Genocide.

Carol A. Kidron.

27. TASTING FOOD.

The Ability to Taste: The Eating Body between Laboratory and Clinic.

Annemarie Mol.

28. TRANSNATIONALISM.

Bodies-in-Motion: Experiences of Momentum in Transnational Surgery.

Emily McDonald.

29. VIRTUALITY.

Placing the Virtual Body: Avatar, Chora, Cypherg.

Tom Boellstorff.

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Frances E. Mascia-Lees is Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She was Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist from 2001-2006, is a Founder and current Member of the Board of Anthropology Now, and an International Scholar of the Open Society Institute. She is author of numerous publications including Taking a Stand in a Postfeminist World: Toward an Engaged Cultural Criticism (2000), Women’s Realities, Women’s Choice, (3rd Edition, 2005) and Gender and Difference in a Globalizing World: 21st Century Anthropology (2011).
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“Overall, this is a rich and valuable resource which offers great insight into bodies, and anthropological research on bodies, today.”  (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 29 April 2014)

“This wonderful companion to embodiment and body-studies covers twenty nine different aspects from our daily embodied lives.”  (The Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, 1 May 2012)

Frances Mascia-Lees has compiled a breathtakingly comprehensive volume on the anthropology of the body. The chapters are creative, sometimes daring, and always insightful. The collection takes our comprehension of the body in social and cultural life to a new level. The volume will be read and debated for many years to come.
Paul Stoller, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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