A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

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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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  • Hardback | 556 pages
  • 179 x 252 x 32mm | 974g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405189495
  • 9781405189491
  • 778,577

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The authors in A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment utilize studies of bodily experience to launch powerful refutations of abstract, universalizing models and ideologies, and provide new far-reaching analyses of gender, racial, and sexual difference and of bodies embedded in a range of political-economic contexts, including colonialism, late capitalism, neoliberalism, and post-socialism.

Exploring body politics, embodiment, the senses, affect, and emotion, Mascia-Lees brings together a key group of scholars to examine historical and contemporary approaches to, and conceptualizations of, the body.



The authors situate their examination of embodiment in lived worlds, scientific labs, medical clinics, and virtual worlds. They explore topics such as biopower, the body beautiful, transgenderism, genomics, masculinities, modification, pain, the senses, racialization, and virtuality. A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment also offers new theoretical frameworks and conceptual categories which will set the parameters for future research on bodies and embodiments.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors x Synopses xvii Introduction 1 Frances E. Mascia-Lees 1. AESTHETICS 3 Aesthetic Embodiment and Commodity Capitalism Frances E. Mascia-Lees 2. AFFECT 24 Learning Affect/Embodying Race Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas 3. AUTOETHNOGRAPHY 46 When I Was A Girl (Notes on Contrivance) Roger N. Lancaster 4. BIOETHICS 72 Embodied Ethics: From the Body as Specimen and Spectacle to the Body as Patient Nora L. Jones 5. BIOPOWER 86 Biopower and Cyberpower in Online News Dominic Boyer 6. BODILINESS 102 The Body Beyond the Body: Social, Material and Spiritual Dimensions of Bodiliness Terence Turner 7. COLONIALISM 119 Bodies under Colonialism Janice Boddy 8. CULTURAL PHENOMENOLOGY 137 Embodiment: Agency, Sexual Difference, and Illness Thomas Csordas 9. DEAD BODIES 157 The Deadly Display of Mexican Border Politics Rocio Magana 10. DISSECTION 172 The Body in Tatters: Dismemberment, Dissection, and the Return of the Repressed Nancy Scheper-Hughes 11. (TRANS)GENDER 207 Tomboi Embodiment Evelyn Blackwood 12. GENOMICS 223 Embodying Molecular Genomics Margaret Lock 13. HAPTICS 239 Haptic Creativity and the Mid-embodiments of Experimental Life Natasha Myers and Joe Dumit 14. HYBRIDITY 262 Hybrid Bodies of the Scientific Imaginary Lesley Sharp 15. IMPAIRMENT 276 Sporting Bodies: Sensuous, Lived, and Impaired P. David Howe 16. KINSHIP 292 Bodily Betrayal: Love and Anger in the Time of Epigenetics Emily Yates-Doerr 17. MASCULINITIES 307 The Male Reproductive Body Emily Wentzell and Marcia C. Inhorn 18. MEDIATED BODIES 320 Fetal Bodies, Undone Lynn M. Morgan 19. MODIFICATION 338 Blurring the Divide: Human and Animal Body Modifications Margo DeMello 20. NEOLIBERALISM 353 Embodying and Affecting Neoliberalism Carla Freeman 21. PAIN 370 Pain and Bodies Jean E. Jackson 22. PERSONHOOD 388 Embodiment and Personhood Andrew J. Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart 23. POST-SOCIALISM 403 Troubling the Reproduction of the Nation Michele Rivkin-Fish 24. RACIALIZATION 419 How To Do Races With Bodies Didier Fassin 25. THE SENSES 435 Polysensoriality David Howes 26. SENSORIAL MEMORY 451 Embodied Legacies of Genocide Carol A. Kidron 27. TASTING FOOD 467 Tasting between the Laboratory and the Clinic Annemarie Mol 28. TRANSNATIONALISM 481 Bodies-in-Motion: Experiences of Momentum in Transnational Surgery Emily McDonald 29. VIRTUALITY 504 Placing the Virtual Body: Avatar, Chora, Cypherg Tom Boellstorff Index 521
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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)
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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)
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About Frances E. Mascia-Lees

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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