Mutilating the Body

Kim Hewitt


Mutilating the Body

Mutilating the Body

  • Title: Mutilating the Body
  • Author: Kim Hewitt
  • ISBN: 9780879727109
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback



Kim Hewitt explores self mutilation through history and across cultural divisions, finding these acts positive expressions of social custom, individualism and resourcefulness symptomatic of crises of identity, religious faith, or modern social structures In modern contexts, such ancient rituals continue to function as an avenue of symbolic death and rebirth In heKim Hewitt explores self mutilation through history and across cultural divisions, finding these acts positive expressions of social custom, individualism and resourcefulness symptomatic of crises of identity, religious faith, or modern social structures In modern contexts, such ancient rituals continue to function as an avenue of symbolic death and rebirth In her analysis of the origins and motivations of body modification, the author draws upon psychological, medical, and cultural theories on self inflicted pain tattooing and scarification as well as fasting, bulimia, and some performance art She finds such contemporary acts of self mutilation may express a change in how society perceives marginalization.


Recent Comments "Mutilating the Body"

after reading this book, i was forced to contemplate the similarities between voluntary body mutilation like tattooing and piercing with compulsory behaviors like cutting and bulemia. its really quite a smart book

(Only read the parts which were of relevance to me)


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