By Margaret Lock, Judith Farquhar
During the last a number of many years, students in either the social sciences and arts have moved past the concept that there's a “body proper”: a novel, discrete organic organism with anyone psyche. they've got all started to understand embodiment as dynamic instead of static, as studies that adjust through the years and internationally as they're formed through discourses, associations, practices, applied sciences, and ideologies. What has emerged is a multiplicity of our bodies, inviting a superb many disciplinary issues of view and modes of interpretation. The forty-seven readings provided during this quantity variety from vintage works of social thought, historical past, and ethnography to more moderen investigations into ancient and modern modes of embodiment.
Beyond the physique Proper comprises 9 sections conceptually prepared round subject matters reminiscent of daily life, intercourse and gender, and technological know-how. every one part is preceded by means of interpretive remark by way of the volume’s editors. in the assortment are articles and ebook excerpts serious about our bodies utilizing instruments and taking part in rituals, on our bodies jogging and consuming, and at the girl circumcision controversy, in addition to items on clinical classifications, spirit ownership, the commodification of physique components, in vitro fertilization, and an artist/anatomist’s “plastination” of cadavers for show. Materialist, phenomenological, and feminist views on embodiment seem in addition to writings on interpretations of discomfort and the altering meanings of sexual activity. Essays on those subject matters and so on problem Eurocentric assumptions in regards to the physique as they converse to one another and to the main influential modern developments within the human sciences.
With choices via: 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 okay. 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
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Extra resources for Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life (Body, Commodity, Text)
In his prayers and ceremonies the worshipper looks naturally to the region where the sun rises, the source of all life. Most sacred buildings, in different religions, are turned towards the east. Given this direction, the parts of the body are assigned accordingly to the cardinal points: west is behind, south to the right, and north to the left. Consequently the characteristics of the heavenly regions are reflected in the human body. The full sunlight of the south shines on our right side, while the sinister shade of the north is projected on to our left.
Light and dark, day and night, east and south in opposition to west and north, represent in imagery and localize in space the two contrary classes of supernatural powers: on one side life shines forth and rises, on the other it descends and is extinguished. There is the same contrast between high and low, sky and earth: on high, the sacred residence of the gods and the stars which know no 34 A N EMERGENT C A N O N death: here below, the profane region of mortals whom the earth engulfs: and, lower still, the dark places where lurk serpents and the host of demons.
One of the best known Chinese myths is that of Kong-Kong, an evil minister who rebelled against his sovereign and uprooted a pillar, either the 44 A N EMERGENT C A N O N main column or one of the corner columns. He broke Mount Pou-Tcheou, which is a mountain, or a column, situated at the northwest of the Universe. This had grave consequences: Sky and Earth, being no longer Joined by a column to the west, tipped over in opposite directions. The Sky leaned towards the west, while the Earth leaned to the east.