Shameful Bodies : Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement

Shameful Bodies : Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement

by Michelle Mary Lelwica
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1472594932 | 286 Pages | PDF | 11 MB

What happens when your body doesn't look how it's supposed to look, or feel how it's supposed to feel, or do what it's supposed to do? Who or what defines the ideals behind these expectations? How can we challenge them and live more peacefully in our bodies?

Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement explores these questions by examining how traditional religious narratives and modern philosophical assumptions come together in the construction and pursuit of a better body in contemporary western societies. Drawing on examples from popular culture such as self-help books, magazines, and advertisements, Michelle Mary Lelwica shows how these narratives and assumptions encourage us to go to war against our bodies-to fight fat, triumph over disability, conquer chronic pain and illness, and defy aging. Through an ethic of conquest and conformity, the culture of physical improvement trains us not only to believe that all bodily processes are under our control, but to feel ashamed about those parts of our flesh that refuse to comply with the cultural ideal. Lelwica argues that such shame is not a natural response to being fat, physically impaired, chronically sick, or old. Rather, body shame is a religiously and culturally conditioned reaction to a commercially-fabricated fantasy of physical perfection.

While Shameful Bodies critiques the religious and cultural norms and narratives that perpetuate external and internalized judgment and aggression toward 'shameful' bodies, it also engages the resources of religions, especially feminist theologies and Buddhist thought/practice, to construct a more affirming approach to health and healing-an approach that affirms the diversity, fragility, interdependence, and impermanence of embodied life.

Download:

http://longfiles.com/ouiiqpgncpqx/Shameful_Bodies_Religion_and_the_Culture_of_Physical_Improvement.pdf.html

[Fast Download] Shameful Bodies : Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement


Ebooks related to "Shameful Bodies : Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement" :
Stairways to Heaven
Biomarker
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest
The New Superpower for Women
What Story Are You Living?: A Short Guide to Self-Healing and Inquiry
Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness
Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing
Liver Detox Cleanse: Strengthen Your Liver Function with 7 Day Detox Plan
The Ultimate Snoring Cure - How to Stop Snoring Once and For All
Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 5th Edition
Copyright Disclaimer:
This site does not store any files on its server. We only index and link to content provided by other sites. Please contact the content providers to delete copyright contents if any and email us, we'll remove relevant links or contents immediately.