By Margaret Lock (ed.), Judith Farquhar (ed.)
Over the last a number of a long time, students in either the social sciences and arts have moved past the concept that there's a “body proper”: a novel, discrete organic organism with somebody psyche. they've got began to understand embodiment as dynamic instead of static, as stories that adjust through the years and the world over as they're formed via discourses, associations, practices, applied sciences, and ideologies. What has emerged is a multiplicity of our bodies, inviting a good many disciplinary issues of view and modes of interpretation. The forty-seven readings provided during this quantity variety from vintage works of social thought, historical past, and ethnography to newer investigations into historic and modern modes of embodiment.Beyond the physique right contains 9 sections conceptually geared up round issues corresponding to daily life, intercourse and gender, and technological know-how. every one part is preceded through interpretive observation via the volume’s editors. in the assortment are articles and e-book excerpts fascinated with our bodies utilizing instruments and taking part in rituals, on our bodies strolling and consuming, and at the woman circumcision controversy, in addition to items on scientific classifications, spirit ownership, the commodification of physique components, in vitro fertilization, and an artist/anatomist’s “plastination” of cadavers for show. Materialist, phenomenological, and feminist views on embodiment look besides writings on interpretations of ache and the altering meanings of sexual activity. Essays on those subject matters etc problem Eurocentric assumptions in regards to the physique as they converse to one another and to the main influential modern traits within the human sciences.With decisions via: Henry Abelove, Walter Benjamin, Janice Boddy, John Boswell, Judith Butler, Caroline Walker Bynum, Stuart Cosgrove, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze, Alice Domurat Dreger, Barbara Duden, Friedrich Engels, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Judith Farquhar, Marcel Granet, Felix Guattari, Ian Hacking, Robert Hertz, Patricia Leyland Kaufert, Arthur Kleinman, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Jean Langford, Bruno Latour, Margaret Lock, Emily Martin, Karl Marx, Marcel Mauss, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nancy ok. Miller, Lisa Jean Moore, John D. O’Neil, Aihwa Ong, Mariella Pandolfi, Susan Pedersen, Gregory M. Pflugfelder, Rayna Rapp, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Kristofer Schipper, Matthew Schmidt, Peter Stallybrass, Michael Taussig, Charis Thompson, E.P. Thompson, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Victor Turner, Terence Turner, Jose van Dijck, Keith Wailoo, Brad Weiss, Allon White
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It still rules them to such a degree that even the most materiaUstic natural scientists of the Darwinian school are still unable to form any clear idea of the origin of man, because under this ideological influence they do not recognize the part that has been played therein by labor. FRIEDRICH ENGELS 29 THE PRE-EMINENCE OF THE RIGHT HAND: A STUDY IN RELIGIOUS POLARITY ROBERT HERTZ What resemblance more perfect than that between our two hands! And yet what a striking inequality there is! To the right hand go honors, flattering designations, prerogatives: it acts, orders, and takes.
Without going into this very complicated question, he simply suggested the idea that since China had an agricultural civilization the reason that the Chinese, though right-handed, preferred the left might perhaps be sought in the techniques of agriculture. In fact, if there are technical reasons for the preference (which is limited in any case) of the Chinese for the left, these reasons might perhaps better be sought not in the techniques of agriculture but in military techniques. The point on which the Chinese case presents a particular interest is related to the mythology of right and left: the latter is preferred to the right, but the right is not absolutely inauspicious, nor is the left always auspicious.
The relation uniting the right to the east or south and the left to the north or west is even more direct and constant, to the extent that in many languages the same words denote the sides of the body and the cardinal points. The axis which divides the world into two halves, the one radiant and the other dark, also cuts through the human body and divides it between the empire of light and that of darkness. Right and left transcend the limits of our body to embrace the universe. According to a very widespread idea, at least in the Indo-European area, the community forms a closed circle at the center of which is the altar, the Ark of the Covenant, where the gods descend and from which place divine aid radiates.
Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life by Margaret Lock (ed.), Judith Farquhar (ed.)