Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Theorizing the Body/Self in Global Capitalism

Richard Harvey Brown

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pp. vii-xxii

Character and identity have been topics of concern since Homer, but such interest has accelerated and become more intense since the nineteenth century when Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, and others challenged the primacy of reason in man, nature, and history and instead advanced personal psychological experience as the ultimate arbiter of meaning. ...

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1. The Illness of Global Capitalism: Female Employees on “Sick Leave” and the Social Meaning of Pain

Margaret J. Tally

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pp. 1-16

The shift in modern society from an industrially based to a postindustrial economy has generated profound changes in the ways our lives are organized. The shift has entailed the increasing advent of technology in all spheres of our work lives (Rifkin 1995; Reich 1991) and the downsizing and restructuring of formerly large hierarchical businesses and organizations. ...

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2. The Problematics of Democratic Action within Disciplinary Liberalism: The Norplant Case and the Postmodern Body

Philip W. Jenks

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pp. 17-41

The debate over the medical safety of Norplant and its role in the American welfare state delineates an increasing tension in relationships between public and private bodies. In the United States, Norplant has been “prescribed” by judges and political representatives as a condition for parole or the receipt of welfare in a milieu that displays considerable ambivalence over women’s bodily autonomy. ...

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3. Genocide or Assimilation: Discourses of Women’s Bodies, Health, and Nation in Guatemala

Antonella Fabri

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pp. 42-63

This essay explores relationships between health, women, and the nation-state that emerge from a national discourse that gravitates around the education and appropriation of the bodies of Mayan women.1 My analysis draws on data that I collected between 1989 and 1991 in Guatemala City, when the Guatemalan state was still operating under a military regime ...

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4. The Ludic Body: Ritual, Desire, and Cultural Identity in the American Super Bowl and the Carnival of Rio

Lauren Langman

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pp. 64-86

In his now famous analysis of the birth of tragedy, Nietzsche argued that behind the Apollonian cults of harmony and self-discipline were those of Dionysus that celebrated bodily indulgence in wine, song, dance, and frenzied passion. A short time later, perhaps without reading Nietzsche, Émile Durkheim illustrated the centrality of the body in religious ritual. ...

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5. From Body Politics to Body Shops: Power, Subjectivity, and the Body in an Era of Global Capitalism

Timothy W. Luke

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pp. 87-108

As the focus of power and locus of subjectivity in our world markets, the psyche and physique always are being built. No bodies issue forth on their own without the mediations of intentional action and disciplined interpretation in both the body politic and the body shop. ...

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6. Reinventing the Liberal Self: Talk Shows as Moral Discourse

Eva Illouz

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pp. 109-146

In ways that reminisced one of the nineteenth-century campaigns against popular recreations (Malcomson 1973), talk shows have come to the spotlight of public debate and seem to have elicited cultural anxieties about their alleged thirst for sensationalism and shock value. ...

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7. Reflections in an Unblinking Eye: Negotiating the Representation of Identities in the Production of a Documentary

Timothy McGettigan

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pp. 147-166

For documentary filmmakers to collect footage they must “gaze” (Nichols 1991, 79–89) at their subjects through the apertures of visual recording devices. The “camera consciousness” that is stimulated by the gaze of visual recording devices can often encourage individuals to “mug” or to create “stylized performances” that have been invented largely for the benefit of the gazing cameras (Heider 1976, 50–55). ...

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8. From Subject to Citizen to Consumer: Embodiment and the Mediation of Hegemony

Lauren Langman

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pp. 167-188

In the advanced horticultural societies of antiquity that produced agricultural surpluses, certain groups gained disproportionate control over power, property, and prestige. But how could small minorities, then and now, maintain and reproduce their class privileges when gross inequalities might foster envy, resentment, and even resistance and rebellion? ...

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9. Narration and Postmodern Mediations of Western Selfhood

Richard Harvey Brown

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pp. 189-226

Modern Western philosophies, social sciences, and popular psychologies posit a radical distinction between individual and society in which wants, desires, and cognitive states are thought of as “internal” to the person. In René Descartes’s (1960 [1637]) writings, for example, the self is a castle of consciousness, a kind of mental Robinson Crusoe separated from all external society or sensation, like an anchorite in the desert. ...

Contributors

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pp. 227-228

Index

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pp. 229-246