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Fracture

Ann Oakley

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349378
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349378.001.0001
Fracture

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The starting point of this book is the fracture of the author's right arm in the grounds of a hotel in the USA. What begins as an accident becomes a journey into some critical themes of modern Western culture: the crisis of embodiment and the perfect self; the confusion between body and identity; the commodification of bodies and body parts; the intrusive surveillance and profiteering of medicine and the law; the problem of ageing; and the identification of women, particularly, with bodies — from the intensely ambiguous two-in-one state of pregnancy to women's later transformation into unproductive, brittle skeletons. This book mixes personal experience (the author's and other people's) with ‘facts’ derived from other literatures, including the history of medicine, neurology, the sociology of health and illness, philosophy, and legal discourses on the right to life and people as victims of a greedy litigation system. The book spans the genres of fiction/non-fiction, autobiography and social theory.

Keywords: western culture; perfect self; ageing; neurology; legal discourses; litigation system; social theory

Book.  192 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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