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The Body as Project Reading Valentine Ch 2 esp. pp. 33-41 Body as Project Body as Project Continues theme of social construction Body as something “socially-constructed” to suit social aspirations to aid self actualization Body Cultre body is important bearer of symbolic value

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reading
Reading
  • Valentine Ch 2 esp. pp. 33-41
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Body as Project
  • Continues theme of social construction
  • Body as something “socially-constructed”
    • to suit social aspirations
    • to aid self actualization
body cultre
Body Cultre
  • body is important bearer of symbolic value
consumerism
Consumerism
  • Body an important site for consumption
  • Remodel the body
    • like remodelling a home, car etc
body culture
Body Culture
  • Emerges at corporate level
  • historic
    • successful men were fat (R B Bennett)
  • today
    • thin is the look of success
  • Corporate anti-obese body policies at
    • Disney, NYC traffic dept., UK merchant banks
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Body Building
  • Emphasis on muscles, posture
  • Sexually misleading
    • body-as-phallus (masculine)
    • waxing, oiling, posing (feminine)
  • Narcississitic
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Body Building
  • Results not as intended
    • muscles may earn disrespect
    • stresses the Cardio-Vascular system and leads to early death
    • death by steroids
bod mod
Bod Mod
  • Includes:
    • Tattooing
    • Piercing
    • Branding
    • Cutting
    • Binding
    • Scarifying
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“Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.”

— Vice President Dan Quayle

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Bod Mod
  • Subcultural & stylish
    • 21st century people pretending to be “primitive”
  • Aids self identity
    • when having your own body isn’t enough
  • Group membership
  • Concealed/revealed at will
the connected body
The Connected Body
  • Body culture is shared
  • Group culture influences your body
    • places of high “body density”
  • Group culture shapes your body-as-project
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The Connected Body
  • Peer pressure
    • requirements of group membership
    • shape body
  • Coercion and control
    • state regulates body
geography of body as project
Geography of Body-as-Project
  • Part of the general culture/society and therefore part of its geography
  • Obvious geographical patterns
tattooing piercing
Tattooing & Piercing
  • Developed as a fashion from the 1990s
  • Growth in Toronto (Yellow Pages)
    • 1970: 2
    • 1976: 4
    • 1996: 20 in city
    • 2000: 26+
tattooing piercing ontario 1996
Tattooing & Piercing, Ontario 1996
  • Lost of tattoo & piercing establishments in the major urban centres
    • GTA: 29; Ottawa: 10
  • Smaller towns & cities have fewer parlours
  • The North and rural Ontario: no parlours
  • Tattooing & piercing an urban fashion?
tattooing piercing canada 1996
Tattooing & Piercing, Canada 1996
  • Tattooing & Piercing feature of bigger urban centres
  • less popular in prairie West, Atlantic Canada
    • Calgary & St Catharines 5 parlours each
    • Winnipeg, Barrie, Windsor: 3 parlours each