A Cultural History of the Human Body: Volumes 1 - 6

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Overview

A Cultural History of The Human Body presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers 2800 years of the human body as a physical, social, spiritual and cultural object.

Volume 1: A Cultural History of the Human Body in Antiquity (1000 BC - 500 AD)
Edited by Daniel Garrison, Northwestern University.
Volume 2: A Cultural History of the Human Body in The Medieval Age (1000-1400)
Edited by Linda Kalof, Michigan State University
Volume 3: A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Renaissance (1400-1650)
Edited by Linda Kalof, Michigan State University and William Bynum, University College London.
Volume 4: A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment (1650-1800)
Edited by Carole Reeves, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London.
Volume 5: A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Empire (1800-1920)
Edited by Michael Sappol, National Library of Medicine in Washington, DC, and Stephen P. Rice, Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Volume 6: A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Modern Age (1920-2000+)
Edited by Ivan Crozier, University of Edinburgh, and Chiara Beccalossi, University of Queensland.

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters:
1. Birth and Death
2. Health and Disease
3. Sex & Sexuality
4. Medical Knowledge and Technology
5. Popular Beliefs
6. Beauty and Concepts of the Ideal
7. Marked Bodies I: Gender, Race, Class, Age, Disability and Disease
8. Marked Bodies II: the Bestial, the Divine and the Natural
9. Cultural Representations of the Body
10. The Self and Society

This means readers can either have a broad overview of a period by reading a volume or follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter in each volume. Superbly illustrated, the full six volume set combines to present the most authoritative and comprehensive survey available on the human body through history

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Editorial Reviews

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Managing editors Kalof (sociology, Michigan State Univ.; editor, A Cultural History of Animals) and Bynum (history of medicine, emeritus, Univ. Coll. London; The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction) intend to present an authoritative survey of the past 2800 years of the human body as a physical, social, spiritual, and cultural object in Western culture. Though other works analyze portions of the cultural history of the body, usually from the perspective of gender or time frame, this set is the most ambitious in its reach and scope. It consists of six chronological volumes, from antiquity to the modern age. Each begins with a narrative account by the volume editor of the body during the time span covered, followed by suggestions for further reading. Next, chapters consider aspects of the body under ten headings: birth/death, health/disease, sex, medical knowledge/technology, popular beliefs, beauty/concepts of the ideal, gender/race/class, the bestial/divine, cultural representations, and self and society. These chapters are written by contributors listed at the end of each volume. Chapters are copiously footnoted, while notes, a bibliography, and an index are available in each volume. BOTTOM LINE Written in a readable and accessible style, this set can support a number of undergraduate programs in cultural and historical topics. A valuable ready-reference source for supporting undergraduate education.—Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana-Missoula Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845204952
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 1700
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 4.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and editor of A Cultural History of Animals. William Bynum is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London and author of many books, including Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century and History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction.

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Table of Contents

Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters.*1. Birth and Death*2. Health and Disease*3. Sex & Sexuality*4. Medical Knowledge and Technology*5. Popular Beliefs*6. Beauty and Concepts of the Ideal*7. Marked Bodies I: Gender, Race, Class, Age, Disability and Disease*8. Marked Bodies II: the Bestial, the Divine and the Natural*9. Cultural Representations of the Body*10. The Self and Society*This means readers can either have a broad overview of a period by reading a volume or follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter in each volume.

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