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MIT21A_218JS10_lec03 - ANALYTIC PERSPECTIVES: BODIES Read:...

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Read: Gordon, Linda. “Social purity and eugenics.” in Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America . New York, NY: Penguin, 1990. ISBN: 9780140131277. Gould, Stephen J. “Measuring bodies.” in The Mismeasure of Man . New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 1996. ISBN: 978-0393314250. 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. Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life . Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. ISBN: 978- 0822338451. Kondo, Dorinne. “On being a conceptual anomaly.” In Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace . Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 1990. ISBN: 978-0226450445. Pascoe, Peggy. “Miscegenation law, court cases, and ideologies of ‘race’ in 20 th -century America.” In Ruiz, Vicki, and Ellen Carol DuBois. Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in US Women’s History . New York, NY: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0415958417. I. The Body is “good to think” anthropologically, especially with respect to identity A. The body simultaneously produces and is produced by culture 1 1. The body is the main source of metaphors of order and disorder 2 2. Identity and difference are constructed through reference to the body 3. Readings for today reveal some of the many ways bodies are classified, illustrate the various kinds of cultural work bodies do a. Classified as to race, gender, marriageability, permission to reproduce, sexuality b. Kondo finds herself to be a “conceptual anomaly” 1) She is increasingly being fitted into the Japanese classification system 2) In part because of the signals her body sends 1 Schmidt and Moore p. 556. 2 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. 3 Perspectives: Bodies 12/14/2010
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