Body Art and Modification

HNR 360 - Body Art and Modification

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 35700
Section: M001
Credits: 3

William Peace

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Course Global Non-Euro

Course Time(s):
MW 2:15 - 3:35 pm


Course Description:

For centuries human beings have permanently modified their bodies in subtle and dramatic ways. Piercing, scarification, tattoos, suspensions, plastic surgery, foot binding, branding and other forms of body modification literally inscribe culture on the body. The reasons people modify the body are diverse and include aesthetics, rites of passage, religious beliefs, group membership and social identification. Class will be global in scope. Particular attention will be paid to the way non Western body modification practices have been incorporated into contemporary American culture.