The Body Beautiful: Symbolism and Agency in the Social World

  title={The Body Beautiful: Symbolism and Agency in the Social World},
  author={Erica Reischer and Kathryn S. Koo},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
The prominence of the body in popular culture has prompted intense academic interest in recent decades. Seeking to overturn a naturalistic approach to the body as a biological given, this broad literature redefines the body as a sociocultural and historical phenomenon. Within anthropology, two primary theoretical orientations toward the body have emerged: the body as “symbol” and the body as “agent.” This review article provides an overview of these dominant theoretical approaches in the… 
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