Brilliant Imperfection

Brilliant Imperfection

Grappling With Cure

Book - 2017
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"[In this book, the author] uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure, the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. [The author] grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories [the author] tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, [the author] weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the nonnegotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, [the author] adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately [this book] reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time"--
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2017
ISBN: 9780822362760
Branch Call Number: 362.4 Clare
Characteristics: xxi, 218 pages ; 24 cm


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