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Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life
Lock, Margaret and Judith Farquhar (Eds)
Duke University Press / Softcover / 2007-01-01 / 0822338459
Anthropology / Philosophy
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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.

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With selections 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


“One of the most interesting aspects of the book is its discussion of ‘local biologies.’ The term, used by the editors in the introduction, is the unifying theme of the collection: It refers to how every culture has a different view of the body, a context that is internalized and feels ‘natural’ for the members of that culture. . . . Clinicians will be particularly interested in the last 2 sections.”—Isabelle Leblanc, Canadian Medical Association Journal

“[E]xpansive and provocative. . . . This volume offers an indispensable resource for scholars and an excellent reader for courses on medical anthropology, anthropology of the body, and social theory.”—Sarah Pinto, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“Beyond the Body Proper. . . is a wonderful collection of ethnographic, philosophical, and historical writings on the body. . . . Lock and Farquhar had an excellent hand in selecting these essays. Beyond the Body Proper makes an ideal companion for undergraduate courses, but it also contains surprises for those who know the field.”—Stefan Ecks, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine


Notes on the Format of the Book ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction / Judith Farquhar and Margaret Lock 1

I. An Emergent Canon, or Putting Bodies on the Scholarly Agenda
Introduction 19
On the Part Played by Labor in the Transition from Ape to Man / Friedrich Engels 25
The Pre-eminence of the Right Hand: A Study in Religious Polarity / Robert Hertz 30
Right and Left in China / Marcel Granet 41
Techniques of the Body / Marcel Mauss 50
Symbols in Ndembu Ritual / Victor Turner 69
The Social Skin / Terence S. Turner 83

II. Philosophical Studies, or Learning How to Think Embodiment
Introduction 107
Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlook / Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels 113
On the Mimetic Faculty / Walter Benjamin 130
from The Phenomenology of Perception / Maurice Merleau-Ponty 133
Making Up People / Ian Hacking 150
from Bodies That Matter / Judith Butler 164
Do You Believe in Reality? / Bruno Latour 176

III. Fundamental Processes, or Denaturalizing the Given
Introduction 187
Time and Space / E. E. Evans-Pritchard 193
Women Mystics and Eucharistic Devotion in the Thirteenth Century / Caroline Walker Bynum 202
On Breath / Kristofer M. Schipper 213
Some Speculations on the History of Sexual Intercourse during the Long Eighteenth Century in England / Henry Abelove 217
Human Body Parts as Therapeutic Tools: Contradictory Discourses and Transformed Subjectivities / Margaret Lock 224
Meratus Embryology / Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 232

IV. Everyday Life, or Exploring the Bodys Times and Spaces
Introduction 241
Walking in the City / Michel de Certeau 249
Tactility and Distraction / Michael Taussig 259
The City: The Sewer, the Gaze, and the Contaminating Touch / Peter Stallybrass and Allon White 266
Medicinal Meals / Judith Farquhar 286
Rereading as a Woman: The Body in Practice / Nancy K. Miller 297

V. Colonized Bodies, or Analyzing the Materiality of Domination
Introduction 307
Remembering Amal: On Birth and the British in Northern Sudan / Janice Boddy 315
National Bodies, Unspeakable Acts: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Policy Making / Susan Pedersen 330
The Zoot Suit and Style Warfare / Stuart Cosgrove 347
Cooptation and Control: The Reconstruction of Inuit Birth / Patricia Leyland Kaufert and John D. ONeil 359
Dosic Bodies/Docile Bodies / Jean Langford 376

VI. Desires and Identities, or Negotiating Sex and Gender
Introduction 383
Men, Beasts, and Nature / John Boswell 389
Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse / Gregory M. Pflugfelder 400
The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles / Emily Martin 417
We Always Make Love with Worlds / Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari 428

VII. Bodies at the Margin, or Attending to Distress and Difference
Introduction 435
The Woman beneath the Skin: A Doctors Patients in Eighteenth-Century Germany / Barbara Duden 443
Memory within the Body: Womens Narrative and Identity in a Southern Italian Village / Mariella Pandolfi 451
Nervoso / Nancy Scheper-Hughes 459
Somatization: The Interconnections in Chinese Society among Culture, Depressive Experiences, and the Meanings of Pain / Arthur Kleinman and Joan Kleinman 468
Jarring Bodies: Thoughts on the Display of Unusual Anatomies / Alice Domurat Dreger 475

VIII. Capitalist Production, or Accounting the Commodification of Bodily Life
Introduction 489
Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism / E. P. Thompson 495
The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia / Aihwa Ong 512
Constructing a Good Catch, Picking a Winner: The Development of Technosemen and the Deconstruction of the Monolithic Male / Matthew Schmidt and Lisa Jean Moore 550
Alienation of Body Parts and the Biopolitics of Immortalized Cell Lines / Margaret Lock 567

IX. Knowing Systems, or Tracking the Bodies of the Biosciences
Introduction 587
Pulse Diagnosis in the Greek and Chinese Traditions / Shigehisa Kuriyama 595
Real-Time Fetus: The Role of the Sonogram in the Age of Monitored Reproduction / Rayna Rapp 608
Quit Sniveling, Cryo-Baby, Well Work Out Which Ones Your Mama! / Charis Thompson 623
Bodyworlds: The Art of Plastinated Cadavers / Jose van Dijck 640
Inventing the Heterozygote: Molecular Biology, Racial Identity, and the Narratives of Sickle-Cell Disease, Tay-Sachs, and Cystic Fibrosis / Keith Wailoo 658
Bibliography 673
Citations for Text Selections 679
Index 685

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