Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement Hardback

Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement

by Michelle Mary Lelwica;


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Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement

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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

Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement by Michelle Mary Lelwica was published by Bloomsbury 3PL in March 2017. The ISBN for Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement is 9781472594945.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury 3PL (March 2017)
Weight578g
Number of Pages272
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472594945
ISBN-101472594940
Product Code4549578
Page last updated 26th January 2018
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