Culture and the Human Body: An Anthropological Perspective

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9781577661801: Culture and the Human Body: An Anthropological Perspective

In the course of human prehistory and continuing to the present day, culture has played a prominent role in transforming the human form. From birth to death, the body serves as a medium and metaphor of cultural expression. This book provides a broadly comparative perspective on the many and varied ways in which the human body has been sculpted and transformed by particular cultural traditions and argues that in significant ways, the human body has transcended the laws of natural selection. To appreciate the human body is to acknowledge the various ways in which it has become a cultural artifact rather than a purely natural phenomenon.

Titles of related interested by Waveland Press: Mascia-Lees, Gender and Difference in a Globalizing World: Twenty-First Century Anthropology (ISBN 9781577665984); Mascia-Lees-Black, Gender and Anthropology (ISBN 9781577660668); and Nanda, Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations, 2E (ISBN 9781478611264).

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Titles of related interest also from Waveland Press: Nanda, Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations (ISBN 9781577660743).

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"Burton skillfully handles this panoramic literature while introducing an equally wide range of theoretical orientations on culture and the human body that is illuminating and appealing indeed." (Choice, December 2001)

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