Margaret Lock, Judith Farquhar's Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material PDF

By Margaret Lock, Judith Farquhar

ISBN-10: 0822338459

ISBN-13: 9780822338451

Over the last a number of many years, students in either the social sciences and arts have moved past the concept there's a “body proper”: a novel, discrete organic organism with anyone psyche. they've got began to understand embodiment as dynamic instead of static, as reviews that change through the years and the world over as they're formed via discourses, associations, practices, applied sciences, and ideologies. What has emerged is a multiplicity of our bodies, inviting a good many disciplinary issues of view and modes of interpretation. The forty-seven readings awarded during this quantity variety from vintage works of social thought, heritage, and ethnography to newer investigations into ancient and modern modes of embodiment.

Beyond the physique Proper comprises 9 sections conceptually prepared round subject matters corresponding to way of life, intercourse and gender, and technology. every one part is preceded through interpretive remark by way of the volume’s editors. in the assortment are articles and booklet excerpts concerned with our bodies utilizing instruments and taking part in rituals, on our bodies strolling and consuming, and at the girl circumcision controversy, in addition to items on clinical classifications, spirit ownership, the commodification of physique elements, in vitro fertilization, and an artist/anatomist’s “plastination” of cadavers for reveal. Materialist, phenomenological, and feminist views on embodiment look besides writings on interpretations of soreness and the altering meanings of sexual activity. Essays on those issues etc problem Eurocentric assumptions in regards to the physique as they communicate to one another and to the main influential modern developments within the human sciences.

With decisions by means of: Henry Abelove, Walter Benjamin, Janice Boddy, John Boswell, Judith Butler, Caroline Walker Bynum, Stuart Cosgrove, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze, Alice Domurat Dreger, Barbara Duden, Friedrich Engels, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Judith Farquhar, Marcel Granet, Felix Guattari, Ian Hacking, Robert Hertz, Patricia Leyland Kaufert, Arthur Kleinman, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Jean Langford, Bruno Latour, Margaret Lock, Emily Martin, Karl Marx, Marcel Mauss, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nancy ok. Miller, Lisa Jean Moore, John D. O’Neil, Aihwa Ong, Mariella Pandolfi, Susan Pedersen, Gregory M. Pflugfelder, Rayna Rapp, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Kristofer Schipper, Matthew Schmidt, Peter Stallybrass, Michael Taussig, Charis Thompson, E.P. Thompson, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Victor Turner, Terence Turner, Jose van Dijck, Keith Wailoo, Brad Weiss, Allon White

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The former serve primarily for collecting and holding food, as already occurs in the use of the fore paws among lower mammals. Many monkeys use their hands to build nests for themselves in the trees or even, like the chimpanzee, to construct roofs between the branches for protection against the weather. With their hands they seize hold of clubs to defend themselves against enemies, or bombard the latter with fruits and stones. In captivity, they carry out with their hands a number of simple operations copied from human beings.

Many hundreds of thousands of years ago, during an epoch not yet definitely determined, of that period of the earths history which geologists call the Tertiary period, most likely towards the end of it, a specially highly-developed race of anthropoid apes lived somewhere in the tropical zone—probably on a great continent that has now sunk to the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Darwin has given us an approximate description of these ancestors of ours. They were completely covered with hair, they had beards and pointed ears, and they lived in bands in the trees.

Hertz postulated an absolute opposition between left and right analogous to that between pure and impure, an opposition which he considered to be more essential than that between sacred and profane. Left and right are opposed absolutely as that which is right to that which is sinister, as good is to bad. , in a diametrical opposition. Hertz was therefore led to speak, in this connection, of religious polarity. The Chinese facts have no bearing of interest upon the physiological part of Hertz's thesis, and I shall leave this to one side.

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