By Margaret Lock (ed.), Judith Farquhar (ed.)
Over the last numerous a long time, students in either the social sciences and arts have moved past the concept there's a “body proper”: a novel, discrete organic organism with somebody psyche. they've got all started to understand embodiment as dynamic instead of static, as reviews that modify through the years and the world over as they're formed by way of discourses, associations, practices, applied sciences, and ideologies. What has emerged is a multiplicity of our bodies, inviting an exceptional many disciplinary issues of view and modes of interpretation. The forty-seven readings awarded during this quantity variety from vintage works of social conception, historical past, and ethnography to newer investigations into ancient and modern modes of embodiment.Beyond the physique right comprises 9 sections conceptually equipped round subject matters reminiscent of daily life, intercourse and gender, and technology. each one part is preceded via interpretive observation by way of the volume’s editors. in the assortment are articles and publication excerpts keen on our bodies utilizing instruments and taking part in rituals, on our bodies jogging and consuming, and at the lady circumcision controversy, in addition to items on clinical classifications, spirit ownership, the commodification of physique elements, in vitro fertilization, and an artist/anatomist’s “plastination” of cadavers for exhibit. Materialist, phenomenological, and feminist views on embodiment seem in addition to writings on interpretations of ache and the altering meanings of sexual activity. Essays on those subject matters and so on problem Eurocentric assumptions concerning the physique as they converse to one another and to the main influential modern developments within the human sciences.With choices by means of: 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 okay. 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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Dualism, which is essential to the thought of primitives, dominates their social organization. The two moieties or phratries which constitute the tribe are reciprocally opposed as sacred and profane. Everything that exists within my own phratry is sacred and forbidden to me; this is why I cannot eat my totem, or spill the blood of a member of my phratry, or even touch his corpse, or marry in my clan. Contrarily, the opposite moiety is profane to me; the clans which compose it supply me with provisions, wives, and human sacrificial victims, bury my dead, and prepare my sacred ceremonies.
Another rite of greeting and respect consists in uncovering the shoulders, or more exactly in uncovering one shoulder. When one is to be punished one uncovers the right shoulder, and when one attends a joyful ceremony one uncovers the left shoulder. Here again, and in a number of other cases of the same kind, the left is the auspicious side whereas the right is the inauspicious side. Let us now pass on to another ritual, one of the present day. At this point things begin to get complicated. In general, one gives to the left and one takes on the right.
This is why social selection favors right-handers and why education is directed to paralyzing the left hand while developing the right. Life in society involves a large number of practices which, without being integrally part of religion, are closely connected with it. If it is the right hands that are joined in a marriage, if the right hand takes the oath, concludes contracts, takes possession, and lends assistance, it is because it is in man's right side that lie the powers and authority which give weight to the gestures, the force by which it exercises its hold on tilings.