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Politics and the Human Body: Assault on Dignity / Edition 1
     

Politics and the Human Body: Assault on Dignity / Edition 1

by Jean Bethke Elshtain, J. Timothy Cloyd
 

ISBN-10: 0826512607

ISBN-13: 9780826512604

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press


Who or what determines the right to die? Do advancing reproductive technologies change reproductive rights? What forces influence cultural standards of beauty? How do discipline, punishment, and torture reflect our attitudes about the human body?

In this challenging new book, Jean Bethke Elshtain, a nationally recognized scholar in political science and

Overview


Who or what determines the right to die? Do advancing reproductive technologies change reproductive rights? What forces influence cultural standards of beauty? How do discipline, punishment, and torture reflect our attitudes about the human body?

In this challenging new book, Jean Bethke Elshtain, a nationally recognized scholar in political science and philosophy, and J. Timothy Cloyd, a strong new voice in social and political science, have assembled a collection of thought-provoking essays on these issues written by some of the finest minds of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826512604
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents


Contents
Section One: Bodies Perfect, Bodies Everlasting, Bodies Bought and Sold
Terra Es Animata: On Having A Life
Gilbert Meilaender
The New Eugenics and Feminist Quandaries
Jean Bethke Elshtain
The Dream of the Human Genome
Richard C. Lewontin
The Matter of Baby M
Judge C. J. Wilentz
"Surrogate Mothering" and Women's Freedom: A Critique of Contracts for Human Reproduction
Mary Lyndon Shanley
Section Two: Suffering and Pain: The Body Beleaguered and Besieged
Pain, Suffering, and Death in the ICU
Arthur P. Wheeler, M.D.
Suffering in Chronic Illness
Eric J. Cassell
A Reflection on Pain and Embodiment
Richard M. Zaner
Section Three: Organs for Sale or Rent: Progress or Pathology
Organs For Sale? Propriety, Property and the Price of Progress
Leon Kass, M.D.
The Case for Commerce in Organ Transplantation
James F. Blumstein
Section Four: Misguided Compassion, Disciplined Subjects, Torture as Politics, and Slavery as Social Death
Killing Compassion
Stanley Hauerwas
Selling Bodies
David Steiner
Democratic Space: A Study of Political Excess in Foucault's Thought
Charles E. Scott
Torture, Human Rights, and the Body
J. Timothy Cloyd
The Slave Body: Authority, Alienation, and Social Death
Orlando Patterson
Notes
About the Authors

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