Body Marks and Body Means

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Essay #: 068274
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Body Marks and Body Means
This paper will examine three articles which share a similar theme and are all focused on examining how bodies and in particular women’s bodies are manipulated and used to either maintain or create cultural and social structures within different societies and how they often serve as battlegrounds where broader aspects of the society are expressed, maintained or disputed, all the while acting as tools of control over women. The three articles are: “Womb as Oasis: The Symbolic Context of
Pharaonic
Circumcision in Rural Northern Sudan” by Janice
Boddy
, “Material Girl” by Susan
Bordo
and “The Poor Have the right to be Beautiful” by Alexander Edmonds.
In the first article
Boddy
examines the practice of circumcision in...
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.....s. In Brazil, the focus on the body as “a source of power” (Edmonds, 2007, p. 378, draws attention away from the fact that for the poor, in such a neo-liberal, consumerist society, other sources of power are very limited.
References
Boddy
, J. (1982). “Womb Oasis: The Symbolic Context of
Pharaonic
Circumcision in Rural Northern Sudan”. American Ethnologist. 9 (4): 684-698
Bordo
, S. (1997)”Material Girl”: The Effacement of Post-modern Culture”. In R.N. Lancaster and M.
di
Leonardo (eds.). The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, political Economy. New York:
Routladge
. (pp 335-358).
Edmonds, A. “The Poor Have the Right to be Beautiful”: Cosmetic Surgery in
neoliberal
Brazil”. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13: 363-381