Body Utopianism: Prosthetic Being Between Enhancement and Estrangement

Franziska Bork Petersen

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This book investigates how desires to transform our bodies can bring utopia to the present.
And how utopian practices often lead to distinctly dystopian or anti-utopian outcomes.
It is the first comprehensive study to address the paradoxical relationship between bodies and utopianism.

The book discusses doping, bodybuilding and cosmetic surgery alongside practices such as retouching the ‘body as image’ on social media. It looks at how fashion modelling and performance ‘estrange’ the body.

Techniques and technologies to transform our bodies are increasingly accessible and suggest an excessive identification of the body as lacking. To ‘be a body’ in a culturally meaningful way, we incessantly improve our bodily appearance and capacity. The book addresses the utopianism inherent in a cultural understanding of bodies as increasingly controllable.
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
Antal sider311
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-030-97485-5
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-030-97486-2
StatusUdgivet - 2022
NavnPalgrave Studies in Utopianism

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