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This fascinating collection explores the growing range of body modification practices such as piercing, tattooing, branding, cutting and inserting implants, which have sprung up recently in the West. It asks whether this implies that we are returning to traditional tribal practices of inscribing identities onto bodies on the part of 'modern primitives', or is body modification better understood as purely cosmetic and decorative with body markings merely temporary signs of transferable loyalties? Contributors address the question of the permanence of body transformation through fitness regimes and body building; look at the French performance artist Orlan and the Australian performance artist Stelarc who explored Western standard o

This Body Which is Not One: Dealing with Differences
This body which is not one: Dealing with differences
MargritShildrick

This article is both a series of reflections on the nature of monstrosity in general, and an analysis of some of those categories of corporeal being that are said to reflect the monstrous. The monstrous may of course be the crafted result of techno-organic creation like Haraway's cyborg ...

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