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Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility

Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility

by Monica J. Casper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814716784

ISBN-13: 2900814716785

Pub. Date: 07/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

We know more about the physical body-how it begins, how it responds to illness, even how it decomposes-than ever before. Yet not all bodies are created equal, some bodies clearly count more than others, and some bodies are not recognized at all. In Missing Bodies, Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore explore the surveillance, manipulations, erasures, and

Overview

We know more about the physical body-how it begins, how it responds to illness, even how it decomposes-than ever before. Yet not all bodies are created equal, some bodies clearly count more than others, and some bodies are not recognized at all. In Missing Bodies, Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore explore the surveillance, manipulations, erasures, and recognition of the body in the twenty-first century. This new politics of visibility, enabled by cutting-edge technologies and practices, can lead to the overexposure of some bodies-white people, presidents and celebrities, Lance Armstrong, Jessica Lynch-and to the near invisibility of others-injured or killed Iraqi civilians, impoverished women, dead babies, the victims of HIV/AIDS and "natural" disasters. Missing Bodies presents a call for a new, engaged way of seeing and recovering bodies in a world that routinely, often strategically, obscures or erases them.

About the cover: Shoes of protesting demonstrators litter the street of Chahabahil, Nepal. Nepali troops opened fire on anti-monarchy protesters and killed one man, witnesses and officials said, as international pressure increased on King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy, April 17, 2006. © Danish Ismail / Reuters / Corbis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900814716785
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Biopolitics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: The Bodies We See, and Some That Are Not Here 1

Part I Innocents

2 Seen but Not Heard: Consequences of Innocence Lost 25

3 Calculated Losses: Taking the Measure of Infant Mortality 57

Part II Exposed

4 Biodisaster: "The Greatest Weapon of Mass Destruction on Earth" 83

5 Fluid Matters: Human Biomonitoring as Gendered Surveillance 109

Part III Heroes

6 "They Used Me": Manufacturing Heroes in Wartime 137

7 It Takes Balls: Lance Armstrong and the Triumph of American Masculinity 157

8 Conclusion: Excavations 177

Notes 189

References 199

Index 215

About the Authors 223

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