American Body In Context / Edition 1by Jessica R. Johnston
Pub. Date: 04/28/2001
Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
The body is a physical entity and a symbolic artifact. It is both created in the world of nature and also physically reconstructed by a culture. The body is both an internal, subjective environment and simultaneously an object for others to observe and evaluate. Bodily practices, woven within a dense web of social relationships, are then both individual and
The body is a physical entity and a symbolic artifact. It is both created in the world of nature and also physically reconstructed by a culture. The body is both an internal, subjective environment and simultaneously an object for others to observe and evaluate. Bodily practices, woven within a dense web of social relationships, are then both individual and collective- the individual body expresses cultural values, rules, and regulations in the daily routine of living. The American Body in Context: An Anthology is an interdisciplinary investigation of these body relationships, examining the American historical and contemporary constructions of the body. Through readings and exercises, this new book allows readers to explore interrelationships between the individualized and the constructed nature of embodied experiences. This comprehensive text draws together a wide variety of analyses and demonstrates the interdependence between the individual and the structural (re)productions of embodied experiences in the U.S. This is an excellent text for courses in American studies, American society, cultural and social anthropology, and gender studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I. Minds and Bodies Chapter 3 Descartes Goes to Hollywood: Mind, Body and Gender in Contemporary Cyborg Cinema Chapter 4 The Lived Experience of Disability Chapter 5 Souls of Silicon Part 6 II. Social Bodies Chapter 7 The Body in Consumer Culture Chapter 8 The Embodiment of Masculinity: Cultural, Psychological and Behavioral Dimensions Chapter 9 'Material Girl': The Effacements of Postmodern Culture Chapter 10 Michael Jordan's Family Values: Marketing, Meaning, and Post-Reagan America Chapter 11 Concord Watch Advertisement Part 12 III. Disciplined Bodies Chapter 13 On Blowing One's Nose Chapter 14 Medicine as an Institution of Social Control Chapter 15 Put Your Hands in Your Own Laps: Disciplining the Student Body Chapter 16 . The Visible Man: The Execution and Electronic Afterlife of Joseph Paul Jernigan Part 17 IV. Resisting Bodies Chapter 18 Body Narratives, Body Boundaries Chapter 19 Firm But Shapely, Fit But Sexy, Strong But Thin: The Postmodern Aerobicizing Female Bodies Chapter 20 Heavy Judgment: A Sister Talks About the Pain of 'Living Large'
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