Cover

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pp. 1-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

During the long process of writing this book, I have been fortunate to have friends and critics contribute to my thinking. At the University of Washington I was privileged to work with Christine Di Stefano, Michael McCann, Nancy Hartsock, and Mika LaVaque-Manty, all of whom left an impression on the final product. ...

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Introduction: Conceiving a Human Being

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pp. ix-xvi

According to biographers, Immanuel Kant was fond of exclaiming, “Is it possible to conceive a human being with more perfect health than myself?” (Youngquist 1999, 347). Waking every morning at exactly 4:55, he ate only foods he considered conducive to thinking, carefully measured out an exact dosage of sleep, ...

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1. The Choice of Law: Autonomy between Norm and Creation

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pp. 1-22

Rousseau’s Confessions includes a salacious passage describing a spanking at the hands of his caregiver, Mademoiselle de Lambercier, and his subsequent sexual arousal. He spends several pages describing his erotic response to the act of physical discipline and the profound impact it had on his relationships with women, ...

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2. Mature Subjects: Physical Education and the Political Child

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pp. 23-60

Whitney’s statements, a common expression of selfhood by a teenager, brought shock and horror from the crowd of mostly middle-aged women. In contrast, Dr. Phil’s admonition of the girl, emphasizing her age and minimizing her maturity, brought applause from the crowd. ...

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3. Intoxicated Citizens: America’s Drug War and the Body Politic

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pp. 61-96

Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 1986, Rosa Montoya de Hernandez was immediately detained by customs officials in a small room containing only a wastebasket. After forty-eight hours, during which Montoya de Hernandez refused to comply with customs officials ...

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4. Man Is a Political Animal: Self-Discipline and Its Beastly Other

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pp. 97-136

In 1386 an unnamed female defendant in France was charged with the mutilation and murder of a child. Following a public trial she was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. She was dressed in the clothing of a female menial laborer and then taken to the public square, where she was disemboweled and her limbs were torn off. ...

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5. Fit to Be Tied: Exercise Fads and Our Addiction to Autonomy

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pp. 137-166

The death of Len Bias in 1986 from cardiac arrest following his first encounter with cocaine became one of the most successful antidrug ads. Bias, a twenty-two-year-old All-American basketball star, had just been drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and was set to become one of the highest played professional basketball players ever. ...

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Conclusion: Freedom and Self-Governance

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pp. 167-170

Within modern political thought, autonomy has played an important role in resisting various forms of power. The idea that individuals possess a capacity to reason for themselves and thus govern themselves challenged multiple forms of hierarchy and domination. ...

Notes

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pp. 171-184

Bibliography

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pp. 185-206

Index

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pp. 207-210