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In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification

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TThe 1990s saw the dramatic rise of spectacular forms of body modification, which included the tattoo renaissance and the rise in body piercing, the emergence of neo-tribal practices like scarification and flesh hanging, and the invention of new, high-tech forms of body art like subdermal implants. This book, based on years of interviews with body modifiers throughout the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 16th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published April 29th 2003)
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Wonderfully researched.. but full of white middle-class appropriation. *sigh* Her main focus seems to be on the white people who have adopted and reinvented (stole and appropriated) native/indigenous rituals and practices.
a really interesting history, plus a series of essays, on different types of body modifications and the subcultures that popularized them. current up to about the late 90's/early 2000's.
An interesting read but the constant "as SCHOLAR NAME says/calls it" was awkward. Also, if you're reading this while injured like I did (broken clavicle and bruised) you may have a hard time processing masochism and body modification. Nonetheless I thought the chapter on feminist theory was very good.
An eye-opening non-fiction book about body modification, tatooing, piercing...
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