Dirt, Undress, and Difference

Dirt, Undress, and Difference : Critical Perspectives on the Body's Surface

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"A magnificent volume! It offers brand new perspectives on body politics and identity or subjectivity formation in the post-colonial world." -Dorothy Ko, Barnard CollegeWhile there is widespread interest in dress and hygiene as vehicles of cultural, moral, and political value, little scholarly attention has been paid to cross-cultural understandings of dirt and undress, despite their equally important role in the fashioning of identity and difference. The essays in this absorbing and thought-provoking collection contribute new insights into the neglected topics of bodily treatments and transgressions. In detailed ethnographic studies from around the world, the contributors recast assumptions about filth and nakedness, exploring how various forms of transgression associated with the body's surface are drawn up into relations of power and inequality. They demonstrate imaginatively how body surfaces are powerfully mobilized in the making and unmaking of moral worlds.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253217830
  • 9780253217837
  • 1,483,587

About Adeline Masquelier

Adeline Masquelier is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and author of Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger.show more

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"A magnificent volume! It offers brand new perspectives on body politics and identity or subjectivity formation in the post-colonial world." --Dorothy Ko, Barnard Collegeshow more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsDirt, Undress, and Difference: An Introduction Adeline Masquelier1. The Naked and the Nude: Historically Multiple Meanings of Oto (Undress) in Southeastern Nigeria Misty L. Bastian2. Breasts, (Un)Dress, and Modernist Desires in the Balinese-Tourist Encounter Margaret Wiener3. Body Talk: Revelations of Self and Body in Contemporary Strip Clubs Katherine Frank4. The Naked Spirit: Disrobing, Deviance, and Dissent in Bori Possession Adeline Masquelier5. Japanese Bodies and Western Ways of Seeing in the Late Nineteenth Century Satsuki Kawano6. Purity and Conquest in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan Janice Boddy7. Did You Bathe This Morning? Baths and Morality in Botswana Deborah Durham8. The Politics of Dirt and Gender: Body Techniques in Bengali India Sarah Lamb9. Corrupted Alterities: Body Politics in the Time of the Iranian Diaspora Janet BauerList of ContributorsIndexshow more

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