Bodies of Law

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"Alan Hyde has produced a stunning critical anatomy of how the human body figures (and is figured) in American legal discourse. Anyone who wants to understand the myriad mechanisms by which law constructs and regulates corporeality would do well to start with this book. Bodies of Law will stand as a decisive intervention in the study of law and contemporary 'body politics.'"—Kendall Thomas, Columbia Law School

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Overview

"Alan Hyde has produced a stunning critical anatomy of how the human body figures (and is figured) in American legal discourse. Anyone who wants to understand the myriad mechanisms by which law constructs and regulates corporeality would do well to start with this book. Bodies of Law will stand as a decisive intervention in the study of law and contemporary 'body politics.'"—Kendall Thomas, Columbia Law School

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"Full of provocative insights. . . . "—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691012285
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Body as Machine: Hawkins v. McGee 19
Ch. 2 The Fatigued Body: On the Progressive History of the Body as Machine 34
Ch. 3 The Body as Property 48
Ch. 4 Constructing the Autonomous Legal Body: Privacy, Property, Inviolability 80
Ch. 5 Reproductive Capacity: Unsalable, Commodified, Compensable 97
Ch. 6 Sandwich Man; or, The Economic and Political History of Bodily Display 109
Ch. 7 Suppressing Bodily Display: Legal Breasts, Sunbathing, Dance, Photographic Images 131
Ch. 8 The Body's Narratives 151
Ch. 9 The Legal Vagina 165
Ch. 10 The Legal Penis 173
Ch. 11 Tranquilizing the Prisoner 187
Ch. 12 Body Wastes 205
Ch. 13 The Racial Body 222
Ch. 14 Diseased Bodies: Antibodies and Anti-Bodies 241
Ch. 15 Offensive Bodies 252
Conclusion: A Body Fantasia 258
Table of Cases 267
Index 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    One word: Shit.

    I have never been so disappointed in my whole life. This is the worst book i have read on the subject matter. The author is obviously talentless and ignorant. He better start reading books: NOT WRITING them!!!!!!!!! Go eat ice-cream grandpa and get over yourself: you are so worthless. PS: To have the guts to call your students stupid when you obviously are the King of stupidity is quite ironic, and to be cocky on top of everything is plain pathetic... and for what??? Stop staring at women's legs and breasts when they are less than half your age and start respecting your wonderful smart wife, which is the only good thing you've got going for you. In sum, get real, thank God for your 'breadwinner' wife, and jack off before you come to class!!

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