Abstract

ABSTRACT:

In this paper, I analyze the phenomenon of child cultural body modification (CCBM). I describe the practice, discuss philosophical, sociological, and anthropological arguments about the parental motivations, and evaluate an influential justification based on the children's putative cultural benefit of undergoing CCBM. I propose an alternative view of bodily integrity based on the value of body agency, the ability of individuals to generate meaning in their world through conscious, voluntary, and purpose-driven usage of their own bodies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3249
Print ISSN
1054-6863
Pages
pp. 167-190
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-13
Open Access
No
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