Non-Fiction Books:

The American Body in Context

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

The American Body in Context

An Anthology

Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

The American Body in Context
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


From Marilyn Monroe to the Spice Girls, from Grover Cleveland to President Clinton, to one's naked form reflected in the mirror each morning, Americans are taught to read bodies as symbols displaying and revealing hidden "truths" about the individual and his or her behaviours. Any discussion of the body becomes complex and muddled as one tries to analyze how and why certain body types are attributed certain meanings. This text looks at body relationships, examining American historical and contemporary social constructions of the body. It seeks to allow readers to explore interrelationships between the individualized and the culturally produced nature of the body. The book investigates many provocative subjects, including cyborg cinema as exemplified by "Star Trek" and "The Terminator"; Madonna and Michael Jordan; sex and advertising; the body on the World Wide Web; the pressure of the media on the female body; disabled bodies; and weight consciousness.

Author Biography

Jessica Johnston is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where she teaches courses on contemporary American culture, deviance in America, power and knowledge in corporate America, and issues of identity and qualitative methodologies.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2001
Edited by Jessica R. Johnston
Country of Publication
United States
Scholarly Resources Inc.,U.S.
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 799 Banana Points