Dirt, Undress, and Difference: Critical Perspectives on the Body's Surface / Edition 1

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Overview

"A magnificent volume! It offers brand new perspectives on body politics and identity or subjectivity formation in the post-colonial world." —Dorothy Ko, Barnard College

While there is widespread interest in dress and hygiene as vehicles of cultural, moral, and political value, little scholarly attention has been paid to cross-cultural understandings of dirt and undress, despite their equally important role in the fashioning of identity and difference. The essays in this absorbing and thought-provoking collection contribute new insights into the neglected topics of bodily treatments and transgressions. In detailed ethnographic studies from around the world, the contributors recast assumptions about filth and nakedness, exploring how various forms of transgression associated with the body’s surface are drawn up into relations of power and inequality. They demonstrate imaginatively how body surfaces are powerfully mobilized in the making and unmaking of moral worlds.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253217837
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Adeline Masquelier is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and author of Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Dirt, undress and difference : an introduction 1
1 The naked and the nude : historically multiple meanings of Oto (undress) in southeastern Nigeria 34
2 Breasts, (un)dress, and modernist desires in the Balinese-tourist encounter 61
3 Body talk : revelations of self and body in contemporary strip clubs 96
4 The naked spirit : disrobing, deviance, and dissent in Bori possession 122
5 Japanese bodies and Western ways of seeing in the late nineteenth century 149
6 Purity and conquest in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 168
7 Did you bathe this morning? : baths and morality in Botswana 190
8 The politics of dirt and gender : body techniques in Bengali India 213
9 Corrupted alterities : body politics in the time of the Iranian diaspora 233
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