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Beauty and the Beast (Anglais) Broché – 30 juillet 2012

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Beauty and the Beast begins with the question: Is beauty destined to end in tragedy? Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the anxious, audacious, and sometimes destructive attempts people make to transform their bodies through cosmetic surgery and liposuction. He balances an examination of surgeries meant to enhance an individual's beauty with an often overlooked counterpart, surgeries performed-often on high profile criminals-to disguise one's identity. Situating this globally shared phenomenon within the economic, cultural, and political history of Colombia, Taussig links the country's long civil war and its bodily mutilation and torture to the beauty industry at large, sketching Colombia as a country whose high aesthetic stakes make it a stage where some of the most important and problematic ideas about the body are played out.

Central to Taussig's examination is George Bataille's notion of depense, or “wasting.” While depense is often used as a critique, Taussig also looks at the exuberance such squandering creates and its position as a driving economic force. Depense, he argues, is precisely what these procedures are all about, and the beast on the other side of beauty should not be dismissed as simple recompense. At once theoretical and colloquial, public and intimate, Beauty and the Beast is a true-to-place ethnography-written in Taussig's trademark voice-that tells a thickly layered but always accessible story about the lengths to which people will go to be physically remade.

Biographie de l'auteur

Michael Taussig is the Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He is the author of many books, includingI Swear I Saw This, Walter Benjamin’s Grave, and My Cocaine Museum, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scandalous, eye-opener 14 novembre 2014
Par Maggie Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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His writing ruffles feathers: at Columbia University and in just about all of academia. But his points are worth pondering. Reading this book as part of a seminar on ethnographies, his really polarized the readers. But in the end we all thought differently, in terms of our own culture and of our culture as it influences others. And that's the point, really. That it's easy to be the outsider making judgements and looking at others and saying well that's how they are, but it's important to remember, which is Taussig's point, that almost no culture has not been influenced by ours. Colombia just happens to be a great example of how our fascination with guns, beauty, power, authority is amplified exponentially. And we already live in a nation of extremes. His focus on extremes puts things into perspective and that's something everyone benefits from. So, I recommend this to those in and out of the field of anthropology, simply to reevaluate the life we live and how we view other cultures.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beauty and the Beast 17 mai 2013
Par Jolie Tina - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wow! tough to ready at first. I love it but it is not like most book you read everyday, however if you get into it its very interesting and have a lots of information's about Colombia and the drug industry.
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