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In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification
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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I feel like Victoria went into researching and writing this book filled with good intentions, but in the end she fell short. This book is filled with many good quotes and deeply researched elements, but is sadly tarnished with a cloud of 'white-middle class' that fails to feature any people of colour to even attempt to back up or counter her arguments. She states that she interviewed a series of people, all of which are white, and how body modification has impacted them, and yet fails to intervi ...more
This was a bit of a slow read. There is a lot of good information in here, however it is a bit dated because it was originally published in 2003. The focus is primarily on young, white subjects and their use of body modification. I would be interested in finding other similar books that look at a broader range of subjects, as well as how their individual aesthetics and rituals intersect and create tension.
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.