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By Angus Cameron, Jen Dickinson and Nicola Smith (eds)

Physique and country brings jointly unique essays addressing quite a few points of the evolving interplay among our bodies and states. whereas every one essay has various empirical and/or theoretical concentration, authors think of a couple of overlapping issues to understand the state's engagement with, and situation approximately, our bodies. Divided into 5 components, the 1st half, 'Bodies changed and Divided' considers how the creation, rules, policing and upkeep of borders (physical, social, sexual, political, non secular, etc.) are used to permit or constrain the actual (re)shaping of the physique. half , 'Capital Bodies', extends the state's situation with the flows of our bodies that make up the kingdom to think about how they're enrolled within the advanced buildings of capitalist trade that shape the foundation for protecting and contesting a collection of relationships among states and markets. half 3, 'Deviance and Resistance', examines either how states search to self-discipline ‘non-normal’ our bodies and appreciates the means of alterations within the socio-cultural which means and nature of our bodies to withstand and/or break out states. half 4, ‘Sovereignty and Surveillance’, develops issues of deviancy and resistance by way of contemplating the impression of recent applied sciences either at the intimate regulatory achieve of states into and throughout our bodies and at the nature of embodiment itself. eventually, half 5, ‘The physique Virtual’, examines the effect of latest applied sciences and on-line areas either at the intimate regulatory succeed in of states into and throughout our bodies and at the nature of embodiment itself. A diversified choice of essays that deal with vital and intricate themes in a readable and artistic approach.

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This is because in most cases the clitoris is removed – this means that the organ most related to sexual pleasure is removed leaving only the vagina – responsible for reproduction. This practice is arguably, then, concerned with controlling female sexuality and reducing the female body to a reproductive (monogamous and heterosexual) instrument. This is very important in patriarchal societies as it provides a security about the paternity of offspring. Although this emphasis on virginity and deterring homosexuality is not so obviously apparent in Western female genital modification practices (as they are based around narratives of liberating female sexuality) at closer investigation we can definitely draw some parallels.

H. Marchand, and J. L. Parpart, Feminism, Postmodernism, Development, London: Routledge. Collins, P. H. 2010. The new politics of community, American Sociological Review, 75(1), 7-30. Conroy, M. 2006. Female Genital Mutilation: Whose Problem? Whose Solution?. British Medical Journal, 333(7559), 106-7. Davis, S. W. 2002. Loose Lips Sink Ships. Feminist Studies, 28(1), 7-35. 28 Body/State Dean, J. 1996. Solidarity of Strangers: feminism after identity politics, California: University of California Press.

Indeed, finding accurate figures on FGSC is difficult. However, there is considerable data from plastic surgeons that the demand for FGCS is significantly on the increase. For example, the number of women requesting FGCS in the UK doubled between 2000 and 2005 to reach over 800 operations per year and in the US there was a 30% increase in FGCS procedures between 2005 and 2006 (2008, New View Campaign). The practices of FC/FGM in the ‘developing world’ are often presented as evidence of female powerlessness (see Toubia 1995: 232) whereas practices of cosmetic surgery in the ‘developed world’ have been used as a marker of ‘liberated’ female sexuality through the claim that it results in ‘sexual enhancement’ (Braun 2005: 412).

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