Breaking with established approaches which prioritize the body as 'text', the chapters in this book examine not only images of the body-turned-merchandise but actually existing organisms considered at once as material entities, semi-magical tokens, symbolic vectors and founts of lived experience. The topics covered range from the cultural disposal and media treatment of corpses, the biopolitics of cells, sperm banks and eugenics, to the international trafficking of kidneys, the development of 'transplant tourism', to the idioms of corporeal exploitation among prizefighters as a limiting case of fleshly commodity.
This insightful and arresting volume combines perspectives from anthropology, law, medicine, and sociology to offer compelling analyses of the concrete ways in which the body is made into a commodity and how its marketization in turn remakes social relations and cultural meanings.
|Biopolitics Beyond Recognition|
|The 'The Yeminite Children Affair' and Body Commodification in Israel|
|The Ends of a Deceased Guatemalan|
|Death and Dereliction in Chicago|
|Reproductive Workers and The Market in Altruism|
|Languages of Exlpoitation and Accommodation among Professional Boxers|