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Accidental bodies

Ann Oakley

in Fracture

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/9781861349378.003.0010
Accidental bodies

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People don't choose their own bodies, nor much of what happens to them. The book has been a biological account of the author's personal journey into the land of bodily damage, disability and personal injury litigation; a journey taken in a female body with all the additional baggage that implies. Her own search for answers has taken her on different paths. One path leads through the deceptively bright landscape of modern Western medicine, with its notion of the plastic, programmed body and of people as ill-informed bystanders in a techno-medical system of bodily surveillance and management. Political discrimination, a major disease on planet earth, is rooted also in the body. People are treated differently and unfairly because of the bodies they have. Moral chaos and incapacity join physical suffering and disability as consequences of bodily accidents.

Keywords: bodies; bodily damage; litigation; western medicine; political discrimination; moral chaos; bodily accidents

Chapter.  2461 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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