The commodification of the body and its parts.

  title={The commodification of the body and its parts.},
  author={L. Sharp},
  journal={Annual review of anthropology},
  • L. Sharp
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Annual review of anthropology
  • The human body--and its parts--has long been a target for commodification within myriad cultural settings. A discussion of commodification requires that one consider, first, the significance of the body within anthropology and, second, what defines a body "part." After exploring these initial questions, this article outlines dominant theoretical approaches to commodification within anthropology, with Mauss and Marx figuring prominently. The discussion then turns to historically well-documented… CONTINUE READING
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