By Jennifer Terry, Jacqueline L. Urla
"... the papers in Deviant our bodies show an ongoing Western preoccupation with the assets of identification and human character." -- instances Literary Supplement"Highly advised for cultural studies... " -- The Reader's Review"It will be precious for upper-level undergraduate and graduate classes within the sociology of the physique, the historical past and sociology of technological know-how and drugs, and women's experiences classes, quite these exploring the feminist reviews of technology and medicine." -- modern Sociology"... a strong deconstruction of the clinical gaze in configuring physically deviance as a method of legitimating the social order inside of a number of historic and social contexts.... the numerous very good decisions will make for compelling studying for college students of clinical anthropology and the heritage of science." American AnthropologistDeviant our bodies finds that the "normal," "healthy" physique is a fiction of technological know-how. sleek lifestyles sciences, medication, and the preferred perceptions they bring about haven't in basic terms saw and said, they've got built our bodies: the gay physique, the HIV-infected physique, the infertile physique, the deaf physique, the colonized physique, and the legal physique.
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A note about illustrations: This chapter is unillustrated for a reason. The obvious illustrations might include drawings and political cartoons of Sarah Bartmann or illustrations of her genitalia. Including such visual material would continue to state the question as a matter of science and to focus us visually on Bartmann as a deviant. Who could avoid looking to see if she really was different? I would have had to counter such illustrations with an additional discussion of the social construction of visual imagery.
By looking at a genre of satire called Barbie Noire, Urla and Swedlund analyze how the female body has increasingly become, like Barbie herself, a form of cultural plastic, a ground for displaying contested notions of gender identity. In addition to the trials and tribulations of beauty, womens reproductive capacity historically has been the focus of studies linking women with deviance and pathology. Lisa Handwerkers chapter offers a way of looking at the per- Page 14 sistence of this tendency in contemporary China.
In addition to naming some women as inherently pathological, the medicalization of female sexual desire served to put all women on notice about what was acceptable and what was forbidden, this time replacing the language of sin and virtue with that of disease and hygiene. Many of the cases presented in Deviant Bodies suggest that scientific efforts to find deviance situate, implicate, and perhaps even transform the bodies of investigating experts. The idea that science is objective usually obscures the fact that scientists too have bodies, and those bodies are integrally involved in establishing norms and deviations.
Deviant bodies: critical perspectives on difference in science and popular culture by Jennifer Terry, Jacqueline L. Urla