Call for chapters on Body & Embodiment: Social Scientific and Interdisciplinary Approaches

deadline for submissions: 
September 20, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Jackie Hogan, Bradley University

Call for Chapter Proposals or Chapters:

Edited volume Consuming Bodies: Body Commodification and Embodiment in Late Capitalist Societies

 

Editors:

Jackie Hogan (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Bradley University)

Fae Chubin (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bradley University)

Sarah Whetstone (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bradley University)

 

We invite chapter proposals (or full draft chapters, if preferred) for an edited volume that investigates the multiple and complex ways human bodies are commodified in the twenty-first century. Consuming Bodies: Body Commodification and Embodiment in Late Capitalist Societies aims to explore both long-standing forms of commodified flesh, such as slavery, sex work, and spectator sports, and newer forms, such as “sugar-daddy” arrangements, compensated surrogacy, bioengineering, new diet and fitness regimes, and the rising popularity of body modifications including tattooing, piercing, and cosmetic surgeries.

 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Sex work and “sugar-daddy” arrangements
  • Compensated surrogacy: gender, race and class dimensions
  • Commodified biomaterial (the “trade” in organs, tissues, gametes, and cells)
  • Bioengineering and transhumanism/posthumanism
  • Genetic testing in a risk society
  • Human trafficking as 21st century slavery
  • The marketing of the self/body in online dating or social media
  • The increasing popularity of body modifications including tattooing, piercing, and cosmetic surgeries
  • Diet, fitness and (dis)empowerment
  • Hair removal, pornography, and sexual subjectivity
  • Commodified athletes and entertainers
  • The impact of COVID on body commodification practices
  • Conceptualizations of the body and body commodification practices that differ from those typical in industrialized, capitalist Euro-heritage nations

 

Please submit your detailed chapter proposal of 2,000 words (or draft chapter of approximately 7,500 words), along with an abstract of 300 words and a short biography, to jlhogan@fsmail.bradley.edu by September 20, 2021. Submissions from early career scholars are particularly welcome. Questions should be directed to jlhogan@fsmail.bradley.edu.