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Book Forum––Introduction, Jeremy Greene’s “Generic”

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Welcome to our inaugural “Book Forum.”  Our aim is simple: to promote lively exchange between a group of scholars and an author, allowing for experimental and inventive engagements that are not so much about evaluation but rather draw on concepts and shared commitments.  It’s probably worth noting that Somatosphere will continue to feature book reviews, which have been a mainstay …

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Mary DeShazer’s Mammographies

Mammographies
The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives

by Mary K. DeShazer

University of Michigan Press, 2013. 258 pages

 

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women and an increasing number of women nowadays live with the disease. How do breast cancer patients represent their experiences, and what potential for representation is afforded by the …

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Osagie Obasogie’s Blinded By Sight

Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind

by Osagie K. Obasogie

Stanford Law Books, Stanford University Press, 2014, 269 pp.

 

Osagie Obasogie’s Blinded by Sight is driven by a seemingly straightforward question: how do blind people understand race? To answer this, he divides his analysis into two parts. In the first half of the book, …

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Alexander Edmonds’ Pretty Modern

Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil

by Alexander Edmonds

Duke University Press, 2010, 321pp
$24.95 paperback

 

In Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil, Alexander Edmonds situates plastic surgery within the medical, economic and psychological landscape of consumer capitalism in modern Brazil, unveiling a specific and intriguing socio-medical discourse of the “right to …

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As I’m studying in South India at the moment, it was impossible not to notice the hubbub around the Chess World Championship, which concluded last week in Chennai. I followed it closely, avidly reading the extensive coverage in the Indian press, and watching as many of the matches as I could live on YouTube. However, assuming very few of you …

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Emily Wentzell’s Maturing Masculinities

Maturing Masculinities:
Aging, Chronic Illness and Viagra in Mexico

by Emily Wentzell

Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013.
US$23.95, Paperback

 

The medicalization and marketing of pharmaceuticals linked to men’s health uses specified bodily imagery and discourses, more often than not evoking stereotypes of ‘manliness’ and hegemonic ideals of masculinities (Connell & Messerschmidt 2005). It is thus no surprise …