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CCGL9064 Body Politics Course Syllabus (updated 29 August 2021)

Required Readings, Podcasts, and Films
  • Bobel, C. & S. Kwan, Eds. (2019). Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. [Book Chapters]
    • Lakshmanan, P. “Pretty Brown: Encounters with My Skin Color.” Pp. 58-60.
    • Hillary, A. “I Am a Person Now: Autism, Indistinguishability, and (Non)optimal Outcome.” Pp. 110-112.
    • Rehman, S. “‘Showing Our Muslim’: Embracing the Hijab in the Era of Paradox.” Pp. 165-167.
    • Broomfield, M. “‘Doing Out’: A Black Dandy Defies Gender Norms in the Bronx.” Pp. 168-170.
  • Foucault, Michel. (1977). “Panopticism.” Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Translated by Alan Sheridan. Vintage Books.
  • Gravlee, C. (2009). How Race Becomes Biology: Embodiment of Social Inequality. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 139(1): 47-57. [Article]
  • Greenhalgh, S. (1994). Controlling Births and Bodies in Village China. American Ethnologist21(1), 3-30. [Article]
  • Kuriyama, S. (2002). The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine. Zone Books. [Book Selections]
  • Lai, F. (2018). Sexuality at Imagined Home: Same-Sex Desires among Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong. Sexualities, 21(5-6), 899-913. [Article]
  • Martin, E. (1991). The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles. Signs, 16(3), 485-501. [Article]
  • Murphy, R. (1990). The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled. In The Damaged Self. W. W. Norton. Pp. 85-111. [Book Chapter]
  • Scheper-Hughes, N. (2014). “Organ Trafficking: Exposing the Brutal Trade in Body Parts.” Special issue for New Internationalist (May). [Article]
  • Schüll, N. D. (2016). Your Quantified Body, Your Quantified Self. WNYC Studios. From [Podcast]
  • Sontag, S. (2003). Regarding the Pain of Others. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. [Book Selections]
  • Brief news articles and videos on current events such as COVID-19, organ trafficking, doping in sports, birth control, and racial discrimination in Hong Kong [to be announced]
Suggested Readings, Podcasts, and Films
  • Aizura, A. (2009). Where Health and Beauty Meet: Femininity and Racialisation in Thai Cosmetic Surgery Clinics. Asian Studies Review33(3), 303-317. [Article]
  • Bell, C. (2008). Bigger, Stronger, Faster. [Film]
  • Greenhalgh, S. (1994). Controlling Births and Bodies in Village China. American Ethnologist21(1), 3-30. [Article]
  • Inhorn, M. (2006). Making Muslim Babies: IVF and Gamete Donation in Sunni versus Shi’a Islam. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 30: 427-450. [Article]
  • Kourlas, G. (2020, March 31). How We Use our Bodies to Navigate a Pandemic. The New York Times. [Article]
  • Miner, H. (1956). Body Ritual Among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist58(3), 503-7. [Article]
  • Nevins, A. B. (2018). Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie. [Film]
  • Oh, C. (2015). Queering Spectatorship in K-Pop: The Androgynous Male Dancing Body and Western Female Fandom. The Journal of Fandom Studies 3(1): 59-78. [Article]
  • Quinn, E. (n. d.). The Way We Think About Biological Sex is Wrong. [TED Talk]
  • Rubin, H. -A., & Shapiro, D. A. (2005). Murderball. [Film]
  • Schüll, N. D. (2016). Tracking. In Experience: culture, cognition, and the common sense. C. Jones, D. Mather, & R. Uchill, Eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Pp. 195-203. [Article]
  • Sharp, L. (2000). The Commodification of the Body and Its Parts. Annual Review of Anthropology 29: 287-328. [Article]
  • Watters, E. (2017). The Organ Detective: A Career Spent Uncovering a Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh. Pacific Standard. From [Article]

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