Vital Signs: Feminist Reconfigurations of the Biological Body

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Vital Signs vigorously brings feminist philosophical and postmodern thinking to bear on the 'matter' of biomedicine and the body. Bringing together the very latest research in the field, and organised around concepts of surface and depth, and flux and flow, the book examines issues such as medi(t)ating bodies; sexuality and the clinical encounter; the heart as metaphor and anatomic entity; orality and the clinical gaze; spatiality of bodies and sexual abuse; post-colonial bodies and the clinic; the micropolitics ...

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Overview

Vital Signs vigorously brings feminist philosophical and postmodern thinking to bear on the 'matter' of biomedicine and the body. Bringing together the very latest research in the field, and organised around concepts of surface and depth, and flux and flow, the book examines issues such as medi(t)ating bodies; sexuality and the clinical encounter; the heart as metaphor and anatomic entity; orality and the clinical gaze; spatiality of bodies and sexual abuse; post-colonial bodies and the clinic; the micropolitics of biopsychiatry; tanning the body; malformed bodies and disabilities; disabled states and emergent illnesses; shell-shock and 'hysteria'. Topical, pathbreaking and distinctive in its claims to offer 'postconventional' modes of enquiry, the volume includes contributions from Sara Ahmed, Lynda Birke, Rosi Braidotti, Ros Diprose and Ailbhe Smyth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748609628
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Price is at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Margrit Shildrick is a Research Fellow at the University of Staffordshire and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and the Insititute of Women's Studies, Lancaster.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Vital Signs: Texts, Bodies and Biomedicine 1
1 Loving the Bones: Medi(t)ating My Bodies 18
2 Sexuality and the Clinical Encounter 30
3 Animated Borders: Skin, Colour and Tanning 45
4 The Mouth and the Clinical Gaze 66
5 Pregnancy Ultrasound in Maternal Discourse 78
6 Raktpushp (Blood Flower) 102
Photos from Notes to the Body
Introduction
7 The Micropolitics of Biopsychiatry 132
8 Hysterical Men: Shell-shock and the Destabilisation of Masculinity 146
9 The Death of the Clinic? Normality and Pathology in Recrafting Aging Bodies 171
10 The Broken Heart 197
11 Uncertain Thoughts on the Dis/abled Body 224
Contributors' Notes 250
Index 253
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