STS 3460

STS 3460

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

The body is often taken for granted as the material substrate for culture -- its physicality the purview of science and its meaning the purview of social studies. This course examines a range of texts that treat the body as both subject and object of cultural, technological, political, and ethical processes. Students investigate the cultivation of physical and social bodies through ethnographic and historical materials concerning healing and medicine, discipline and labor, governance and religion, aesthetics and desire. We will attend to histories of gender, race, class, sexuality, (post)coloniality, modernization, science, transnationalism. Some readings will investigate the complex mediations that account for the body as icon, text, metaphor, and commodity. Others will contend that the production and reproduction of the body across different times and spaces challenges traditional notions of materiality and physicality.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 3465BSOC 3460

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16817 STS 3460   LEC 001