The Body in Late-Capitalist USA

The Body in Late-Capitalist USA

by Donald M. Lowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822316722

ISBN-13: 9780822316725

Pub. Date: 08/10/1995

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In The Body in Late-Capitalist USA, Donald M. Lowe explores the varied social practices that code and construct the body. Arguing that our bodily lives are shaped by a complex of daily and ongoing practices—how we work, what we buy and consume—Lowe contends that as a result of the commodification of these and other social practices in the

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In The Body in Late-Capitalist USA, Donald M. Lowe explores the varied social practices that code and construct the body. Arguing that our bodily lives are shaped by a complex of daily and ongoing practices—how we work, what we buy and consume—Lowe contends that as a result of the commodification of these and other social practices in the late-twentieth century, what we often understand to be the needs of the body are in fact means for capital accumulation.
Moving beyond studies of representations and images of the body, Lowe focuses on the intersection of body practices, language, and the Social to describe concretely the reality of a lived body. His strongly synthetic work brings together Marxist critique, semiotics, Foucaultian discourse analysis, and systems and communications theory to examine those practices that construct the body under late capitalism: habits of work and consumption, the ways we give birth and raise children, socialization, mental and physical healing, reconstructions and contestations of sexuality and gender. Lowe draws upon a wide range of sources, including government and labor studies and statistics, diagnostic and statistical manuals on mental illness, computer manuals, self-help books, and guides to work-related stress disorders, to illustrate the transformation of the body into a nexus of exchange value in postmodern society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316725
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
08/10/1995
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Language, Body Practices, and the Social1
1Production Practices17
aFlexible Accumulation and the Labor Market
bCybernetic Systems and the Labor Process
cThe Discipline of Neoclassical Economics
2Consumption Practices47
aProduct Characteristics and Use Value
bImage in Late-Capitalist Advertising
cThe Consumption of Lifestyle
dThe Semiotics of Late-Capitalist Commodity
3The Hegemony of Exchangist Practices75
4Social Reproduction Practices91
aChanging Household and the Politics of "The Family"
bRe-Racialization
cThe Body and Bio-Technical Systems
5Sexuality and Gender Construction121
aGender and Sexuality
bSexual Lifestyle and Late-Capitalist Consumption
cGender Construction in Late Capitalism
6Redisciplining the Subject149
aThe Discourse of Psychiatry
bChanging Mental Health Practices
cThe Bounds of Psychopathology
Retrospect: The Problematic of the Body in Late Capitalism173
References179
Index193

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