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Sex, Violence and the Body

The Erotics of Wounding

Editors: Burr, V., Hearn, J. (Eds.)

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This unique book examines the relationship between wounding and sexuality, bringing together issues around sexuality, gender, power, violence and representations. Drawing on a range of disciplines including cultural and media studies, sociology and psychology, it explores social practices such as S&M, cosmetic surgery and 'extreme' sports.

About the authors

JENNY ALEXANDER is working as an Investigative Researcher at the Advertising Standards Authority in London, UK VIV BURR is Reader in Psychology, University of Huddersfield, UK TIM EDWARDS is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester, UK JEFF HEARN is Professor, University of Huddersfield, UK; Linköping University, Sweden; and Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland SHEILA JEFFREYS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia MICHELLE JONES is employed in practice-based evaluation positions within the area of men's violence ULLA ANGKJÆR JØRGENSEN is Associate Professor of Art History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norwary TAINA KINNUNEN works as a University Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oulu, Finland MONA LIVHOLTS is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Work, Mid Sweden University, Sweden ANTHONY MCCOSKER is Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia ANI RITCHIE is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Southampton Solent University, UK VICTORIA ROBINSON is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sheffield, UK

Reviews

'Sex and violence are each moments of transgression, trespassing across boundaries. The essays in this startling book, so ably collected by Burr and Hearn, attend to the similarities among various erotic wounds. Whether self-inflicted or done by others, criminal or consensual, textual or corporeal, erotic wounding is more than simply a site of skin-deep pleasure and/or pain. Beneath the epidural lie a host of gendered and sexual inequalities that many of these authors make viscerally visible.' - Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, US and author of The Gender of Desire

'A fascinating collection of readings on the interweaving of sexuality and violence in the 'erotics of wounding' men's and women's bodies. Surprises abound the collection encompasses unexpected and controversial viewpoints, theories of the body, sexuality, and the social nature of violence, and deconstruction of popular culture. You'll want to read every chapter.' - Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, Graduate School and Brooklyn College, CUNY, US; co-author of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives and author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change.

'This is a fascinating, challenging and timely book, drawing together an impressive list of international contributors. Exploring a wide range of issues around the relation between sex, violence and the body, it makes a significant contribution to the literature and will, I have no doubt, appeal to a wide readership across a range of disciplines. What is particularly original is approaching the sex-violence-body nexus through a specific focus on the 'erotics of wounding' and, in each of the subject areas addressed across the 12 chapters, the book clearly sets out the key conceptual issues, debates and challenges in this frequently misunderstood area. This is an important, insightful and challenging book.' - Professor Richard Collier, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introducing the Erotics of Wounding: Sex, Violence and the Body

    Pages 1-14

    Hearn, Jeff (et al.)

  • Body Modification as Self-Mutilation by Proxy

    Pages 15-33

    Jeffreys, Sheila

  • Breast Augmentation Surgery: Carving the Flesh as Female

    Pages 34-52

    Kinnunen, Taina

  • Physical Bruises, Emotional Scars and ‘Love-Bites’: Women’s Experiences of Men’s Violence

    Pages 53-70

    Jones, Michelle (et al.)

  • Harming or Healing? The Meanings of Wounding among Sadomasochists Who Also Self-Injure

    Pages 71-87

    Ritchie, Ani

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sex, Violence and the Body
Book Subtitle
The Erotics of Wounding
Editors
  • V. Burr
  • J. Hearn
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-22839-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230228399
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-54934-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-36182-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 242
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