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Fracture: Adventures of a broken body

Ann Oakley


The starting point of this book is the fracture of the author's right arm in the grounds of a hotel in the USA. What begins as an accident becomes a journey into some critical themes of modern Western culture: the crisis of embodiment and the perfect self; the confusion between body and identity; the commodification of bodies and body parts; the intrusive surveillance and profiteering of medicine and the law; the problem of ageing; and the identification of women, particularly, with bodies — from the intensely ambiguous two-in-one state of pregnancy to women's later transformation into unprodu ... More

Keywords: western culture, perfect self, ageing, neurology, legal discourses, litigation system, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781861349378
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Oakley, author