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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349378

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349378.001.0001

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Accidental bodies

Accidental bodies

(p.147) 10 Accidental bodies

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

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

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