The American Body in Context: An Anthologyby Jessica R. Johnston (Editor), Samantha Holland (Contribution by), Kay Toombs (Contribution by), Frederik Pohl (Contribution by), Hans Moravec (Contribution by)
From Marilyn Monroe to the Spice Girls, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to O.J. Simpson, from Grover Cleveland to President Clinton, to one's own naked form reflected in the mirror each morning, Americans are taught to read bodies as symbols displaying and revealing hidden "truths" about the individual and his or her behaviors. Any discussion of the body becomes complex and muddled as one tries to analyze how and why certain body types are attributed certain meanings.
The human body is both an internal, subjective environment and simultaneously an object for others to observe and evaluate. Bodily practices, woven within a dense web of social relationships, are both individual and collective-the individual body expresses cultural values, rules, and regulations in the daily routine of living.
The American Body in Context: An Anthology looks at body relationships, examining American historical and contemporary social constructions of the body. This new book allows readers to explore interrelationships between the individualized and the culturally produced nature of the body.
The American Body in Context investigates many provocative topics, including cyborg cinema as exemplified by Star Trek and The Terminator; Madonna and Michael Jordan; sex and advertising; the body on the World Wide Web; the pressure of the media on the female body; disabled bodies; and weight consciousness.
This is an excellent book for readers interested in the powerful nature of the human body and how it affects-and is affected by-the society around it.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Publication date:
- American Visions: Readings in American Culture Series
- Product dimensions:
- 6.50(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.16(d)
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An exciting exploration of the important and disturbing issues that emerge when the American body is considered in its contemporary cultural and social contexts. A series of mind-bending essays is nicely balanced by Jessica Johnston's intelligent and insightful commentary. I highly recommend this provocative and engaging anthology.
The American Body in Context drives home the importance of ideas about the body, in what the body is as well as how it is perceived. This a forceful contribution to contemporary and historical understandings....
From cinematic cyborgs and material girls to muscle men and aerobicizing women, this well-conceptualized anthology probes the body as a site of discipline, power, and resistance.
Meet the Author
Jessica Johnston is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where she teaches courses on contemporary American culture, deviance in America, power and knowledge in corporate America, and issues of identity and qualitative methodologies.
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