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    DescriptionAn unflinching exploration of the sources of tales of dismemberment In 1987 horrific tales of organ theft that had been circulating in Central and South America for years caught the attention of the international media. Soon reports came from all over the planet, rising to a crescendo in the late 1990s. Veronique Campion-Vincent describes these narratives in detail and classifies them as three basic types: the Baby Parts Story, Eye Thieves, and Kidney Heists. She then recounts the social problems that seemed to make these awful legends plausible--trade in human organs bought from the living poor; advances in modern medicine which seemed to blur the lines between life and death; the ills of poverty in the developing world and its consequences; international adoption and real human trafficking. Religious and moral authorities, political campaigners, propagandists, and the media all exploited the legends of organ theft according to their specific agendas. Campion-Vincent reviews the explanations offered by authorities, reporters, and anthropologists and offers her own folklore analysis pointing out the similarities between organ theft stories and the perennial tale of the Slaughter of the Innocents. Noting the real trials of everyday life in much of the Third World and documented cases of illegal trafficking in organs, corpses, and children, Campion-Vincent does not dismiss these tales as just another example of urban legends run amok. Instead, she offers a nuanced analysis of the connections between traditional horror tales, modern trends, and real events to show how complicated it can be to know the truth of any particular story. These legends still circulate, and variations remain commonplace throughout the world. Campion-Vincent notes, sadly, that the social problems that paralleled the rise of organ theft narratives persist today. Veronique Campion-Vincent of Paris, France, works at the Maison des Sciences de L'Homme. She has published numerous books in French and articles in French and English on contemporary legends.

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    Organ Theft Legends
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Veronique Campion-Vincent, Translated by Jacqueline Simpson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 250
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 372 g
    ISBN 13: 9781604737387
    ISBN 10: 1604737387

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CUS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA, JFD, JFHF
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC classification: HV
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Abridged Dewey: 364
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27540
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    University Press of Mississippi
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    University Press of Mississippi
    Publication date
    04 March 2011
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    An unflinching exploration of the sources of gruesome tales of bodily harm