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- Rutgers University Press 2007; US$ 21.95
The ease of accessibility, improvements in safety and technology, media attention, growing acceptance by the public, or an increasingly superficial culture: whatever the reason, cosmetic surgery is more popular today than ever. In 2005, in the United States alone, there were nearly two million aesthetic operations-more than quadruple the number... more...
- Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 80.00
People everywhere have attempted to change their bodies in an effort to meet their cultural standards of beauty, as well as their religious and/or social obligations. Often times, this modification or adornment of their bodies is part of the complex process of creating and re-creating personal and social identities. Body painting has probably been... more...
- SAGE Publications 2004; US$ 56.00
Five Bodies offers an introduction to some of the most urgent contemporary concerns within the sociology of the body. This new edition has been substantially revised and updated to address today's issues of the body in modern life, community and politics. more...
- Wiley 2008; US$ 142.95
Cultural Bodies: Ethnography and Theory is a unique collection that integrates two increasingly key areas of social and cultural research: the body and ethnography. Breaks new ground in an area of study that continues to be a central theme of debate and research across the humanities and social sciences Draws on ethnography as a useful means... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 95.00
In analyses of tattoo contests, advertising, and modern primitive photographs, the book tells the story of the history of the tattooed body on display in the Unites States while demonstrating how images of tattooed bodies communicate and disrupt notions of gender, class, and exoticism through their discursive performances. more...
- De Gruyter 2008; US$ 168.00
The volume makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the intricate relationship between culture, body and language by focusing on conceptualizations of internal body organs in several languages. The studies explore how across various cultures internal body organs such as the heart have been used as the locus of conceptualizing feelings,... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00
As the proprietor of the legendary Sea Tramp Tattoo Company, in Portland, Oregon, Jeff Johnson has inked gangbangers, age-defying moms, and sociopaths; he?s defused brawls and tended delicate egos. In Tattoo Machine, Johnson illuminates a world where art, drama, and commerce come together in highly entertaining theater. A tattoo shop is no longer... more...
- Temple University Press 2009; US$ 27.95
Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooing—and the art world surrounding it—covers the history, anthropology and sociology of body modification practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of "serious"... more...
- Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 99.95
Combining rich ethnographic research amongst Black British women of Caribbean heritage, with a discussion of the broader 'Black Atlantic' context, Shirley Tate offers a unique exploration of beauty, race and identity politics, revealing how Black women themselves speak about, negotiate, inhabit, work on and perform Black beauty. more...
- University of California Press 2005; US$ 30.95
The history of footbinding is full of contradictions and unexpected turns. The practice originated in the dance culture of China's medieval court and spread to gentry families, brothels, maid's quarters, and peasant households. Conventional views of footbinding as patriarchal oppression often neglect its complex history and the incentives of the women... more...