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Artikel‘Recalcitrant Bodies’? Children, Cancer And The Transgression Of Corporeal Boundaries  
Oleh: Williams, Simon ; Bendelow, Gillian A.
Jenis: Article from Journal - ilmiah internasional
Dalam koleksi: Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine vol. 4 no. 1 (Jan. 2000), page 51-71.
Topik: bodies; cancer; children; health; transgression
Fulltext: 51H41.pdf (165.78KB)
Isi artikelLocated within the context of recent debates about the body as both a material and socially constructed entity, this article takes up these corporeal issues through a focus on children’s images and depictions of cancer. Key themes here include monstrous/demonic bodies, dys-figured/absent bodies, the combustible body, pathological bodies and mortal bodies. Underpinning these representations, it is suggested, is a view of the primordial body as a ‘recalcitrant’, ‘transgressive’ entity; something with a ‘will of its own’ which, despite our best efforts, can go horribly wrong. A focus on issues of corporeal transgression, therefore, throws into critical relief the relationship between the material and the cultural, the physical and the social, the rational and the emotional. Explorations of malignant bodies, however culturally constituted, lie at the heart of this dialectic. The article concludes with a series of reflections on these issues, including the notion of children as active agents, the relationship between lay and scientific knowledge, and a view of the material body which is not only shaped by social relations, but enters into their very construction and transgression, as both a resource and constraint, a limit and opportunity.
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