Cultural Bodies: Ethnography and Theory / Edition 1

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Overview

Cultural Bodies: Ethnography and Theory is a unique collection that integrates two increasingly key areas of social and cultural research: the body and ethnography. "The body" continues to be a central theme of debate and research across the humanities and social sciences and in subjects such as gender, race, identity, and science and technology. However, existing literature on the body has taken a largely theoretical direction. Cultural Bodies breaks new ground by refusing to neglect the experiential and the empirical. Bringing together an international and multidisciplinary team of scholars, Cultural Bodies draws on ethnography as a useful means of exploring our everyday social and cultural environments and, in doing so, demonstrates the constant need for researchers and their research to be made accountable to readers. In this way, ethnography reveals as much about the frameworks of social research as it does about the societies that they move in and out of. By focusing on the body and ethnography, Cultural Bodies constitutes an important step in developing these two key areas of study and the relationship between them.
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"An interdisciplinary text that offers cutting-edge theoretical and methodological means for analyzing, understanding, and imagining how the body materializes in cultural historical context and practice." Heidi Nast, DePaul University

"Bringing together some of the most challenging contemporary research, this theoretical, empirical, experimental work presents a unique interdisciplinary understanding of how the body speaks, moves and interacts. It is fascinating, making visible some of the unknown and unseen parts and wholes of the body by exploring the materiality of physicality." Beverley Skeggs, University of Manchester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631225843
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/29/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Thomas is Professor of Sociology of Dance and Culture at Goldsmiths College. Her publications include Dance, Modernity and Culture: Explorations in the Sociology of Dance (1995), Dance and the City (editor, 1997), and The Body, Dance and Cultural Theory (2003).

Jamilah Ahmed gained her PhD from Goldsmiths College. She is currently an editor at Sage Publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Inscriptions of Love 27
Photography by Paul Halliday
2 From Catwalk to Catalog: Male Fashion Models, Masculinity, and Identity 55
3 Reading Racialized Bodies: Learning to See Difference 76
4 Narratives of Embodiment: Body, Aging, and Career in Royal Ballet Dancers 98
5 Being a Body in a Cultural Way: Understanding the Cultural in the Embodiment of Dance 123
6 Bare Life 145
7 Lolo's Breasts, Cyborgism, and a Wooden Christ 170
8 Talking Back to Neuro-reductionism 190
9 Eating for a Living: A Rhizo-ethology of Bodies 215
10 Health and the Holy in the Afro-Brazilian Candomble 241
11 Here Comes the Sun: Shedding Light on the Cultural Body 260
12 Reaching the Body: Future Directions 283
Subject Index 301
Name Index 310
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