Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body by Victoria Pitts-Taylor

By Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Popular culture and the media at the present time are saturated with the point of interest at the aesthetics of the human physique. Magazines and infotainment exhibits speculate no matter if this or that actress had breast implants or a nostril activity. american citizens usually are not simply concentrating on celebrities yet on themselves too and at the present time have exceptional possibilities to transform what nature gave them. one could now drop in to have plastic surgery on the neighborhood mall. considering the superficial nature of all of it grows tiresome, and pa tradition vultures and scholars can get a greater repair for his or her fascination with the physique attractive throughout the cultural perception supplied during this awesome set. Cultural Encyclopedia of the physique is a treasure trove of essays that discover the human physique alphabetically via half, detailing practices and ideology from the prior and current and from around the globe which are occasionally fantastic and eye-popping.Body elements are tested via a multifaceted cultural lens. Readers will discover how the components are understood, what they suggest to disparate societies, how they're controlled, handled, and remodeled, and the way they're depicted and represented. The entries draw from many disciplines which are involved to a point or one other with human our bodies, together with anthropology archeology, sociology, faith, political heritage, philosophy, paintings background, literary experiences, and drugs. The encyclopedia proffers details on a couple of cultures, tribes, and customs from East and West. old practices to the most recent fad, which in truth may perhaps proceed historical practices, are illuminated. different concerns that come up within the essays comprise comparisons between cultures, the altering perceptions of the physique, and problems with race, gender, faith, group and belonging, ethnicity, energy buildings, human rights.

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In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 3. Chris Shilling, 2003. The Body and Social Theory. London: Sage, p. 37. 4. Bryan S. Turner, 2004. The New Medical Sociology. W. Norton, p. 40. 5. , 1999. Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader. New York: Routledge, p. 5. Further Reading Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books, 2000. Foucault, Michel. An Introduction. Vol. I of The History of Sexuality.

1965. S. Supreme Court decision in Griswold vs. Connecticut effectively legalizes contraceptives throughout the United States. 1968. First appearance of the Afro on the cover of the popular black magazine Ebony. xxxviii CHRONOLOGY 1968. Protesters at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City infamously burn bras, but historical accounts suggest that bras weren’t actually burned, but put into the trash. Also in protest of the pageant, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People stages the first Black Miss America pageant.

1882. Another royal decree to end footbinding in China. 1883. Debut of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a nose that grows longer and longer the more lies he tells, in the novel by Carlo Collodi (1826–1890). 1893. First documented fat injection procedure is said to have taken place in Germany by Franz Neuber, on a patient with a sunken cheek caused by a tubercular illness. 1894. Unbound Foot Association founded in China, eventually collecting more than 10,000 supporters. 1896. The first commercial menstrual pad in the United States is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

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