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Brilliant imperfection : grappling with cure

Author: Eli Clare
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2017. ©2017
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"In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare 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. Clare grapples with this knot of  Read more...
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Clare, Eli.
Brilliant imperfection.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016031243
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eli Clare
ISBN: 9780822362760 0822362767 9780822362876 0822362872
OCLC Number: 946461709
Description: xxi, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Writing a mosaic --
A note on reading this book : thinking about trigger warnings --
Brilliant imperfection : white pines --
Ideology of Cure. Birth --
Prayers, crystals, vitamins --
Beliefs about disability --
Overcoming disability --
Hope in motion --
Rebelling against cure --
The restoration of health --
Walking in the prairie --
Brilliant imperfection : twitches and tremors --
Violence of Cure. Defect --
At the center of cure lies eradication --
Personhood is a weapon --
Great turmoil --
Brilliant imperfection : maples --
In Tandem with Cure. Cerebral palsy --
Reading diagnosis --
Disorder --
Antibiotics and acupuncture --
The price of diagnosis --
Useful, but to whom? --
Brilliant imperfection : stone --
Nuances of Cure. Wishing you less pain --
Wanting cure --
Birthmark --
Cautionary tale --
Body-mind yearning --
Yearning for the peeper pond --
Jostling my anti-cure politics --
Your suicide haunts me --
Brilliant imperfection : shells --
Structure of Cure. The medical-industrial complex --
A far-reaching network --
Troubled and troubling body-minds --
Variations on cure --
Skin lighteners and hot springs --
Brilliant imperfection : hermit crabs --
How Cure Works. Cure just around the corner --
Charity events --
Shifting technologies --
A pharmaceutical history of eflornithine --
Brilliant imperfection : rolling --
At the Center of Cure. Carrie Buck I : yearning --
Carrie Buck II : torrent of history --
Carrie Buck III : feebleminded --
Lives reduced to case files --
Living with Monkey --
Schizophrenia --
Brilliant imperfection : myrtle --
Moving Through Cure. Choosing disability --
Airports and cornfields --
Interdependence --
Wanting a flat chest --
Gender identity disorder --
Claiming ourselves --
Brilliant imperfection : drag queen --
Impacts of Cure. Endless questions --
Ashley's father --
Resisting intelligence --
Feeling broken --
Being fixed --
Shame and pride --
Brilliant imperfection : survival notes --
Promise of Cure. Normal and natural --
Finding wholeness --
Gender transition --
Bullied --
A maze of contradictions --
Mama, what will you swear? --
Walking in the prairie again --
Brilliant imperfection: cycling.
Other Titles: Grappling with cure
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Drawing on memoir, history, and theory, Eli Clare complicates the understanding of cure, seeing it as an ideology that serves contradictory purposes-from saving lives to social control-while  Read more...

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"Accessible and poetic. Brilliant Imperfection will be valuable to students in introductory medical anthropology courses as well as anthropology courses on the body and human-nature interactions." -- Read more...

 
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