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9780812213973

Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji (New Cultural Studies)

Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji (New Cultural Studies)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812213973
  • ISBN: 0812213971
  • Edition: 1st Edition(PB)
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

AUTHOR

Anne E. Becker

SUMMARY

Anne E. Becker examines the cultural context of the embodied self through her ethnography of bodily aesthetics, food exchange, care, and social relationships in Fiji. She contrasts the cultivation of the body/self in Fijian and American society, arguing that the motivation of Americans to work on their bodies' shapes as a personal endeavor is permitted by their notion that the self is individuated and autonomous. On the other hand, because Fijians concern themselves with the cultivation of social relationships largely expressed through nurturing and food exchange, there is a vested interest in cultivating others' bodies rather than one's own.Anne E. Becker is the author of 'Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji (New Cultural Studies)', published 1995 under ISBN 9780812213973 and ISBN 0812213971.

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