One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal / Edition 1

One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal / Edition 1

by Alice Domurat Dreger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674018257

ISBN-13: 9780674018259

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Harvard


Must children born with socially challenging anatomies have their bodies changed because others cannot be expected to change their minds? One of Us views conjoined twinning and other "abnormalities" from the point of view of people living with such anatomies, and considers these issues within the larger historical context of anatomical politics. Anatomy…  See more details below

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Must children born with socially challenging anatomies have their bodies changed because others cannot be expected to change their minds? One of Us views conjoined twinning and other "abnormalities" from the point of view of people living with such anatomies, and considers these issues within the larger historical context of anatomical politics. Anatomy matters, Alice Domurat Dreger tells us, because the senses we possess, the muscles we control, and the resources we require to keep our bodies alive limit and guide what we experience in any given context. Her deeply thought-provoking and compassionate work exposes the breadth and depth of that context--the extent of the social frame upon which we construct the "normal." In doing so, the book calls into question assumptions about anatomy and normality, and transforms our understanding of how we are all intricately and inextricably joined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018259
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
318,331
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Limits of Individuality17
2Split Decisions51
3What Sacrifice83
4Freeing the Irish Giant113
5The Future of Anatomy142
Notes157
Acknowledgments188
Credits190
Index193

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