Confronting the Body

The Politics of Physicality in Colonial and Post-colonial India

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Author: James H. Mills,Satadru Sen

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1843310333

Category: History

Page: 202

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The editors bring together some of the best new scholarship on physicality in modern India in a single volume and provide a balance of materials from colonial and post-colonial India. Included are new writings by established and upcoming writers in the social sciences and humanities, all based on original research.

Confronting Vulnerability

The Body and the Divine in Rabbinic Ethics

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Author: Jonathan Wyn Schofer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226740102

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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While imparting their ethical lessons, rabbinic texts often employ vivid images of death, aging, hunger, defecation, persecution, and drought. In Confronting Vulnerability, Jonathan Wyn Schofer carefully examines these texts to find out why their creators thought that human vulnerability was such a crucial tool for instructing students in the development of exemplary behavior. These rabbinic texts uphold virtues such as wisdom and compassion, propound ideal ways of responding to others in need, and describe the details of etiquette. Schofer demonstrates that these pedagogical goals were achieved through reminders that one’s time on earth is limited and that God is the ultimate master of the world. Consciousness of death and of divine accounting guide students to live better lives in the present. Schofer’s analysis teaches us much about rabbinic pedagogy in late antiquity and also provides inspiration for students of contemporary ethics. Despite their cultural distance, these rabbinic texts challenge us to develop theories and practices that properly address our frailties rather than denying them.

Confronting the Climate

British Airs and the Making of Environmental Medicine

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Author: V. Jankovic

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023011346X

Category: History

Page: 229

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This book explores the social origins of the Western preoccupation with health and environmental hazards. It looks at the rise of the dichotomy between the vulnerable 'in' and the threatening 'out' by examining the pathologies associated with weather, domestic space, ventilation, clothing, and travel in Britain at the turn of the 19th century.

The Female Suffering Body

Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature

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Author: Abir Hamdar

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815652909

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

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Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Western literature over the last two centuries, the sick female body has traditionally remained outside the Arab literary imagination. Hamdar takes on this historical absence in The Female Suffering Body by exploring how both literary and cultural perspectives on female physical illness and disability in the Arab world have transformed in the modern period. In doing so, she examines a range of both canonical and hitherto marginalized Arab writers, including Mahmoud Taymur, Yusuf al-Sibai, Ghassan Kanafani, Naguib Mahfouz, Ziyad Qassim, Colette Khoury, Hanan al-Shaykh, Alia Mamdouh, Salwa Bakr, Hassan Daoud, and Betool Khedair. Hamdar finds that, over the course of sixty years, female physical illness and disability has moved from the margins of Arabic literature—where it was largely the subject of shame, disgust, or revulsion—to the center, as a new wave of female writers have sought to give voice to the "female suffering body."

Astral Projection and the Nature of Reality

Exploring the OutofBody State

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Author: John Magnus

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781612831213

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Astral Projection and the Nature of Reality goes beyond preconceived notions about how to get out of the body and then back in, as well as the dimensions to which the outofbody adventurer can travel. Magnus starts with a brief history of astral projection and then guides the reader through a stepbystep course for reliable projection. He explains how, once outofbody, we create our own astral world, and he offers techniques for understanding our mind and the nature of reality. Magnus offers detailed exercises and proven techniques for reliably exiting your body; confronting the basic fears that can hold you back; taking advantage of psychic side effects; taming your mind; navigating a world in which you have the ultimate power to create; integrating the lessons you learn from OBEs into your everyday reality; replenishing your energy . . . and much more. Plus, incisive journal entries of his many outofbody adventures will convince you that it can be done and give you the inspiration to go farther than you ever thought possible.

Polarity and Change in 1 Corinthians 15

A Study of Metaphysics, Rhetoric, and Resurrection

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Author: Jeffrey R. Asher

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161474118

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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Jeffrey R. Asher examines the themes of polarity and change in Paul's argument in 1 Corinthians 15:35-57. He demonstrates that Paul uses a didactic method of argumentation to demonstrate to some of the Corinthians that there will be a resurrection of the dead. Given the nature of Paul's argument, it is quite likely that certain members of the Corinthian church denied the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead because they believed that it is impossible for a terrestrial body to be raised to the celestial realm. In addition they considered the two cosmic realms to constitute a polarity. Using a didactic method of accommodation in verses 35-49, Paul demonstrates to these Corinthian intellectuals that the doctrine of the resurrection complies with the polarity that exists between the celestial and terrestrial realms. In verses 50-57, he corrects their false conclusion regarding the resurrection by showing that the body will be changed to conform with the strictures of heavenl y existence.

Fitness for Full-Contact Fighters

Training for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, and Taekwondo

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Author: Christoph Delp

Publisher: Blue Snake Books

ISBN: 9781583941577

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 245

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"An indispensable fitness training guide for all martial artists helping them to optimise their ability to perform through the development of flexibility, stamina, and power"--Provided by publisher.

Walt Whitman

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Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438115903

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Presents a critical analysis of some of the works of Walt Whitman including a short biography.

The Body Reader

Essential Social and Cultural Readings

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Author: Lisa Jean Moore,Mary Kosut

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081479565X

Category: Social Science

Page: 419

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Plastic surgery, obesity, anorexia, pregnancy, prescription drugs, disability, piercings, steroids, and sex re-assignment surgery: over the past two decades there have been major changes in the ways we understand, treat, alter, and care for our bodies. The Body Reader is a compelling, cutting-edge, and timely collection that provides a close look at the emergence of the study of the body. From prenatal genetic testing and “t;manscaping”; to televideo cybersex and the “meth economy,” this innovative work digs deep into contemporary lifestyles and current events to cover key concepts and theories about the body. A combination of twenty one classic readings and original essays, the contributors highlight gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality, paying special attention to bodies that are at risk, bodies that challenge norms, and media representations of the body. Ultimately, The Body Reader makes it clear that the body is not neutral—it is the entry point into cultural and structural relationships, emotional and subjective experiences, and the biological realms of flesh and bone. Contributors: Patricia Hill Collins, Karen Dias, H. Hugh Floyd, Jr., Arthur Frank, Sander L. Gilman, Gillian Haddow, Richard Huggins, Matthew Immergut, L :ea Kent, Kristen Karlberg, Steve Kroll-Smith, Mary Kosut, Jarvis Jay Masters, Lisa Jean Moore, Tracey Owens Patton, William J. Peace, Jason Pine, Eric Plemons, Barbara Katz Rothman, Edward Slavishak, Phillip Vannini, and Dennis Waskul.

The Games Black Girls Play

Learning the Ropes from Double-dutch to Hip-hop

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Author: Kyra D. Gaunt

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814731192

Category: Games

Page: 221

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2007 Alan Merriam Prize presented by the Society for Ethnomusicology 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Book Award Finalist When we think of African American popular music, our first thought is probably not of double-dutch: girls bouncing between two twirling ropes, keeping time to the tick-tat under their toes. But this book argues that the games black girls play —handclapping songs, cheers, and double-dutch jump rope—both reflect and inspire the principles of black popular musicmaking. The Games Black Girls Play illustrates how black musical styles are incorporated into the earliest games African American girls learn—how, in effect, these games contain the DNA of black music. Drawing on interviews, recordings of handclapping games and cheers, and her own observation and memories of gameplaying, Kyra D. Gaunt argues that black girls' games are connected to long traditions of African and African American musicmaking, and that they teach vital musical and social lessons that are carried into adulthood. In this celebration of playground poetry and childhood choreography, she uncovers the surprisingly rich contributions of girls’ play to black popular culture.

On Film

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Author: Stephen Mulhall

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415247955

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

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This text uses a clear and imaginative style to show how films are examples of philosophy in action. It explores the nature of the sequel, narrative renewal and directorial authorship in film.

The Body in Question

A Socio-Cultural Approach

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Author: Alan Petersen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134356269

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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Why is there currently such strong academic and popular interest in ‘the body’ in contemporary societies? What factors shape our conceptions of the body, its naturalness, health and normality? What is the mind-body dualism and why should it matter? This book examines these and other body questions from a critical socio-cultural perspective. In particular, it shows how conceptions of the body are affected by processes of individualization, medicalization and commodification. Chapters discuss the impact of new biomedical technologies on the notion of the natural body, efforts to reshape and perfect the body, the role of the media in ‘framing’ body issues, processes of body classification, the impact of consumerism on concepts of health, healing and self-care, and the implications of theoretical and practical efforts to ‘integrate’ mind and body. This book will be an invaluable source for those seeking to understand the social, cultural and political significance of ‘the body’ in contemporary society.

Fundamentals of Body MRI E-Book

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Author: Christopher G. Roth

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455712752

Category: Medical

Page: 392

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Fundamentals of Body MRI—a new title in the Fundamentals of Radiology series—explains and defines key concepts in body MRI so you can confidently make radiologic diagnoses. Dr. Christopher G. Roth presents comprehensive guidance on body imaging—from the liver to the female pelvis—and discusses how physics, techniques, hardware, and artifacts affect results. This detailed and heavily illustrated reference will help you effectively master the complexities of interpreting findings from this imaging modality. Master MRI techniques for the entirety of body imaging, including liver, breast, male and female pelvis, and cardiovascular MRI. Avoid artifacts thanks to extensive discussions of considerations such as physics and parameter tradeoffs. Grasp visual nuances through numerous images and correlating anatomic illustrations.

Extraordinary Bodies

Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

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Author: Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231105170

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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As the first major critical study to examine literary and cultural representations of physical disability, Extraordinary Bodies situates disability as a social construction, shifting it from a property of bodies to a product of cultural rules about what bodies should be or do. Rosemarie Garland Thomson examines disabled figures in sentimental novels such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and the popular cultural ritual of the freak show. Extraordinary Bodies inaugurates a new field of disability studies in the humanities by framing disability as a minority discourse, rather than a medical one, ultimately revising oppressive narratives of disability and revealing liberatory ones.

Culture, Bodies and the Sociology of Health

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Author: Professor Elizabeth Ettorre

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409492400

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Culture, Bodies and the Sociology of Health explores the boundaries between bodies and society with special reference to uncovering the cultural components of health and the ways in which bodies are categorized according to a form of culturally embedded 'health orthodoxy'. Illustrating the importance of contextualizing the body as a cultural entity, this book demonstrates that the spaces and boundaries between healthy bodies are becoming more diverse than ever before. The volumes international team of scholars engage with a range of issues surrounding the cultural construction of the body as a site of health and illness. As such, it will be of interest not only to sociologists, especially sociologists of health, but also to scholars of media and communication studies as well as cultural theorists.

Confronting the Challenge

Poverty, Gender, and HIV in South Africa

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Author: Suzanne Mulligan

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039119387

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 193

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This book examines some of the ways in which HIV/AIDS is affecting South African society. Catholic theological responses have focused extensively on the implications of HIV/AIDS for the area of sexual ethics. Although there are important questions to be answered here, many more fundamental issues have been overlooked as a result. This book responds to the need within Catholic theology for a greater examination of the injustices associated with the AIDS pandemic. The author argues that the human rights challenges associated with poverty, gender discrimination, sexual violence and access to essential AIDS-related health care are a crucial feature of the crisis. The author turns to the social teaching of the Catholic Church for a fuller framework of analysis in this regard and provides a critical examination of that teaching's core concepts and principles. The work of leading international economists Amartya Sen and Muhammad Yunus is explored as a means of relating the principles of Catholic social teaching to the concrete social and economic realities that exacerbate this global pandemic.

The Body Emblazoned

Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture

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Author: Jonathan Sawday

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134526423

Category: Art

Page: 372

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An outstanding piece of scholarship and a fascinating read, The Body Emblazoned is a compelling study of the culture of dissection the English Renaissance, which informed intellectual enquiry in Europe for nearly two hundred years. In this outstanding work, Jonathan Sawday explores the dark, morbid eroticism of the Renaissance anatomy theatre, and relates it to not only the great monuments of Renaissance art, but to the very foundation of the modern idea of knowledge. Though the dazzling displays of the exterior of the body in Renaissance literature and art have long been a subject of enquiry, The Body Emblazoned considers the interior of the body, and what it meant to men and women in early modern culture. A richly interdisciplinary work, The Body Emblazoned re-assesses modern understanding of the literature and culture of the Renaissance and its conceptualization of the body within the domains of the medical and moral, the cultural and political.

The Body Mafia

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Author: Stacy Dittrich

Publisher: Blue Jay Media Group

ISBN: 1936724294

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Attunement Through the Body

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Author: Shigenori Nagatomo

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791412329

Category: Philosophy

Page: 305

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Preparatory to restoring humaneness,Attunement Through the Body offers an innovative, philosophical model for overcoming mind-body dualism and its negative consequences through a systematic elucidation of the concept and the phenomenon of attunement. It invites readers to re-evaluate an undue emphasis placed on the cognitive, intellectual knowledge in the West. The book examines the concept of the lived body and then articulates the transformative dimension of our everyday mode of living our bodies vis-a-vis Yuasa Yasuo’s concept of body-scheme, demonstrating that the unity disclosed can be brought to a higher degree. The book further describes the transformative dimension of our bodies in theoretical and practical aspects through the concept of the body emerging in the course of meditational self-cultivation that was practiced by Dogen Kigen, a medieval Japanese Zen master. It then develops an original philosophical theory that differs from various Western theories such as Idealism, Empiricism, and Materialism. This theory articulates modes of attunement reflecting degrees of somatic knowledge. The theory implies a lifestyle appropriate for the coming century.