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"A magnificent volume! It offers brand new perspectives on body politics and identity or subjectivity formation in the post-colonial world." -- Dorothy Ko, Barnard College

While there is widespread interest in dress and hygiene as vehicles of cultural, moral, and political value, little scholarly attention has been paid to cross-cultural understandings of dirt and undress, despite their equally important role in the fashioning of identity and difference. The essays in this absorbing and thought-provoking collection contribute new insights into the neglected topics of bodily treatments and transgressions. In detailed ethnographic studies from around the world, the contributors recast assumptions about filth and nakedness, exploring how various forms of transgression associated with the body's surface are drawn up into relations of power and inequality. They demonstrate imaginatively how body surfaces are powerfully mobilized in the making and unmaking of moral worlds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Dirt, Undress, and Difference: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-33
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  1. 1. The Naked and the Nude: Historically Multiple Meanings of Oto (Undress) in Southeastern Nigeria
  2. pp. 34-60
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  1. 2. Breasts, (Un)Dress, and Modernist Desires in the Balinese-Tourist Encounter
  2. pp. 61-95
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  1. 3. Body Talk: Revelations of Self and Body in Contemporary Strip Clubs
  2. pp. 96-121
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  1. 4. The Naked Spirit: Disrobing, Deviance, and Dissent in Bori Possession
  2. pp. 122-148
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  1. 5. Japanese Bodies and Western Ways of Seeing in the Late Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 149-168
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  1. 6. Purity and Conquest in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
  2. pp. 168-189
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  1. 7. Did You Bathe This Morning? Baths and Morality in Botswana
  2. pp. 190-212
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  1. 8. The Politics of Dirt and Gender: Body Techniques in Bengali India
  2. pp. 213-232
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  1. 9. Corrupted Alterities: Body Politics in the Time of the Iranian Diaspora
  2. pp. 233-254
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  1. list of contributors
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 257-264
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