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Schmidt, Matthew, and Lisa Jean Moore. “Constructing a ‘good catch’, picking a winner:
the development of technosemen and the deconstruction of the monolithic male.” in
Lock, Margaret, and Judith Farquhar.
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Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-
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The Body is “good to think” anthropologically, especially with respect to identity
The body simultaneously produces and is produced by culture
The body is the main source of metaphors of order and disorder
Identity and difference are constructed through reference to the body
Readings for today reveal some of the many ways bodies are classified,
illustrate the various kinds of cultural work bodies do
Classified as to race, gender, marriageability, permission to
Kondo finds herself to be a “conceptual anomaly”
She is increasingly being fitted into the Japanese
In part because of the signals her body sends
Schmidt and Moore p. 556.
See Bryan Turner, Recent developments in the theory of the body, pp. 1-35 in Mike Featherstone, Mike Hepworth,
and Bryan S. Turner, eds.,
The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory
London: Sage, 1991.
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