Deviant Bodies

Deviant Bodies

Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture
Edited by Jennifer Terry and Jacqueline Urla
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1995
Format: paper 424 pages, 27 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20975-7
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“. . . the papers in Deviant Bodies reveal an ongoing Western preoccupation with the sources of identity and human character.” —Times Literary Supplement

“Highly recommended for cultural studies . . . ” —The Reader’s Review

“It would be useful for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in the sociology of the body, the history and sociology of science and medicine, and women’s studies courses, particularly those exploring the feminist critiques of science and medicine.” —Contemporary Sociology

“. . . a powerful deconstruction of the scientific gaze in configuring bodily deviance as a means of legitimating the social order within multiple historical and social contexts. . . . the many excellent selections will make for compelling reading for students of medical anthropology and the history of science.” American Anthropologist

Deviant Bodies reveals that the “normal,” “healthy” body is a fiction of science. Modern life sciences, medicine, and the popular perceptions they create have not merely observed and reported, they have constructed bodies: the homosexual body, the HIV-infected body, the infertile body, the deaf body, the colonized body, and the criminal body.

Author Bio

JENNIFER TERRY, assistant Professor of Values in Science and Technology in the Division of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University, has written articles on queer theory, women and medical surveillance, and the history of sexual science in the United States. She is at work on a book entitled Siting Homosexuality: A History of Surveillance and the Scientific Production of Deviant Bodies. JACQUELINE URLA is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is working on a collaborative research project exploring the representation of whiteness in native peoples’ art, material culture, and visual media.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction: Mapping Embodied Deviance — Jennifer Terry and Jacqueline Urla
• Gender, Race and Nation: The Comparative Anatomy of “Hottentot” Women in Europe, 1815–1817 — Anne Fausto-Sterling
• Framed: The Deaf in the Harem — Nicholas Mirzoeff
• Colonizing and Transforming the Criminal Tribesman: The Salvation Army in British India — Rachel Tolen
• This Norm Which Is Not One: Reading the Female Body in Lombroso’s Anthropology — David G. Horn
• Anxious Slippages between “Us” and “Them”: A Brief History of the Scientific Search for Homosexual Bodies — Jennifer Terry
• The Destruction of “Lives Not Worth Living” —Robert N. Proctor
• Domesticity in the Federal Indian Schools: The Power of Authority Over Mind and Body — K. Tsianina Lomawaima
• Nymphomania: The Historical Construction of Female Sexuality — Carol Groneman
• Theatres of Madness — Susan Jahoda
• The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture — Jacqueline Urla and Alan Swedlund
• Regulated Passions: The Invention of Inhibited Sexual Desire and Sexual Addiction — Janice Irvine
• Between Innocence and Safety: Epidemiologic and Popular Constructions of Young People’s Need for Safe Sex — Cindy Patton
• The Hen That Can’t Lay an Egg (“Bu Xia Dan De Mu Ji”): Concepts of Female Infertility in Modern China — Lisa Handwerker
• The Media-fed Gene: Stories of Gender and Race — Dorothy Nelkin and M. Susan Lindee
Notes on Contributors
Index