In this Book

University of Minnesota Press
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In bodies and selves, we can see politics, economics, and culture play out, and the tensions and crises of society made visible. The women’s movement, lobbies for the elderly, pro-choice and pro-life movements, AIDS research and education, pedophilia and repressed memory, global sports spectacles, organ donor networks, campaigns for safe sex, chastity, or preventive medicine—all are aspects of the contemporary politics of bodies and identities touched on in this book. Three broad themes run through the collection: how the body is constructed in various ways for different purposes, how the electronic media and its uses shape selves and sensualities and contribute to civic discourse, and how global capitalism acts as a direct force in these processes. By taking a distinctly cross-cultural and comparative approach, this volume explores more fully than ever the political, economic, institutional, and cultural settings of corporeality, identity, and representation. Contributors: Antonella Fabri, John Jay College and New York Academy of Medicine; Eva Illouz, Hebrew U of Jerusalem; Philip W. Jenks, Portland State U; Lauren Langman, Loyola U; Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U; Timothy McGettigan, Colorado State U, Pueblo; Margaret J. Tally, SUNY, Empire State College.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Theorizing the Body/Self in Global Capitalism
  2. Richard Harvey Brown
  3. pp. vii-xxii
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  1. 1. The Illness of Global Capitalism: Female Employees on “Sick Leave” and the Social Meaning of Pain
  2. Margaret J. Tally
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. The Problematics of Democratic Action within Disciplinary Liberalism: The Norplant Case and the Postmodern Body
  2. Philip W. Jenks
  3. pp. 17-41
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  1. 3. Genocide or Assimilation: Discourses of Women’s Bodies, Health, and Nation in Guatemala
  2. Antonella Fabri
  3. pp. 42-63
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  1. 4. The Ludic Body: Ritual, Desire, and Cultural Identity in the American Super Bowl and the Carnival of Rio
  2. Lauren Langman
  3. pp. 64-86
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  1. 5. From Body Politics to Body Shops: Power, Subjectivity, and the Body in an Era of Global Capitalism
  2. Timothy W. Luke
  3. pp. 87-108
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  1. 6. Reinventing the Liberal Self: Talk Shows as Moral Discourse
  2. Eva Illouz
  3. pp. 109-146
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  1. 7. Reflections in an Unblinking Eye: Negotiating the Representation of Identities in the Production of a Documentary
  2. Timothy McGettigan
  3. pp. 147-166
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  1. 8. From Subject to Citizen to Consumer: Embodiment and the Mediation of Hegemony
  2. Lauren Langman
  3. pp. 167-188
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  1. 9. Narration and Postmodern Mediations of Western Selfhood
  2. Richard Harvey Brown
  3. pp. 189-226
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 227-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-246
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