Body/State by Angus Cameron, Jen Dickinson and Nicola Smith (eds)

By Angus Cameron, Jen Dickinson and Nicola Smith (eds)

Physique and kingdom brings jointly unique essays addressing a number of elements of the evolving interplay among our bodies and states. whereas each one essay has varied empirical and/or theoretical concentration, authors ponder a couple of overlapping topics to understand the state's engagement with, and crisis approximately, our bodies. Divided into 5 elements, the 1st half, 'Bodies transformed and Divided' considers how the construction, rules, policing and upkeep of borders (physical, social, sexual, political, spiritual, etc.) are used to let or constrain the actual (re)shaping of the physique. half , 'Capital Bodies', extends the state's obstacle with the flows of our bodies that make up the state to contemplate how they're enrolled within the advanced buildings of capitalist trade that shape the root for holding and contesting a collection of relationships among states and markets. half 3, 'Deviance and Resistance', examines either how states search to self-discipline ‘non-normal’ our bodies and appreciates the ability of alterations within the socio-cultural which means and nature of our bodies to withstand and/or break out states. half 4, ‘Sovereignty and Surveillance’, develops issues of deviancy and resistance via contemplating the influence of latest applied sciences either at the intimate regulatory succeed in of states into and throughout our bodies and at the nature of embodiment itself. eventually, half 5, ‘The physique Virtual’, examines the impression of latest applied sciences and on-line areas either at the intimate regulatory succeed in of states into and throughout our bodies and at the nature of embodiment itself. A assorted selection of essays that deal with very important and intricate issues in a readable and inventive method.

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The vagueness of the Code, coupled with the absence of public information about the Department of Defense’s actual force-feeding practices at Guantánamo Bay, make it difficult to assess with certainty whether these practices are consistent with the spirit of the Code. Evidence exists, however, that suggests that the Department of Defense is interpreting the Code of Federal Regulations liberally. The questionable nature of the Department of Defense’s compliance with both the World Medical Association guidelines and the Code of Federal Regulations suggests that its primary interest is in using these documents as justifications for its practices rather than as guides to action.

This is hardly representative of ‘ignorance’ or insularity. Furthermore, there is evidence that women who identify with FC/FGM cultures and who have not undergone circumcision resent their parents for not putting them through the procedure. Indeed many of these women seek the procedure as adults (who when negating the radicalized assumptions highlighted above are just as capable of ‘consenting’ as women from the West). For example, a study undertaken by Walley (1997) showed that adolescent girls in Western Kenya, where FC/FGM takes place between the ages of 14-16, ‘look forward enthusiastically to their initiation ceremony’ (Wilson 2002, also see Conroy 2006).

Feminism after Postmodernism. London: Routledge. This page has been left blank intentionally PART I Bodies Modified and Divided This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 Female Circumcision vs. Designer Vaginas: Surgical Genital Practices and the Discursive Reproduction of State Boundaries Emma A. Foster Introduction 100 to 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone some form of circumcision (WHO 2009). This is of major concern to international institutions, such as the UN and WHO, and is generally considered a problematic practice which perpetuates gender inequalities.

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