Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision

Culture, Controversy, and Change

Editors: Denniston, G.C., Grassivaro Gallo, P., Hodges, F.M., Milos, M.F., Viviani, F. (Eds.)

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Circumcision is a cultural phenomenon that affects 15.3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13.3 millions boys and 2 million girls are subjected to the involuntary removal of part or all of their external sex organs every year. Few people, however, ask why such practices persist or how modern societies can tolerate this inherent violation of human rights. The problem of female circumcision is being addressed on an international level, while male circumcision remains a subject many academics are reluctant to fully or impartially examine. This book explores the problem of male and female circumcision in modern society from religious, anthropological, psychological, medical, legal, and ethical perspectives.

Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision: Culture, Controversy, and Change illuminates the vulnerability of human society to medical, economic, and historical pressures. It provides a much-needed, thoughtful, and detailed analysis of the devastating impact of circumcision on bodily integrity and human rights, and it provides hope for change.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Circumcision as a Memeplex

    Hugh Young

    Pages 1-16

  • At the Roots of Ethnic Female Genital Modification: Preliminary Report

    Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Eleanora Tita, Franco Viviani

    Pages 49-55

  • Psycholinguistic Approaches to Ritual Labia Minora Elongation Among the Baganda Women of Uganda

    Elisabetta Villa, Pia Grassivaro Gallo

    Pages 57-64

  • Female Genital Mutilation Among African Immigrants in Greece: The First Cognitive Study

    Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Anna Iordanidou, Franco Viviani

    Pages 93-102

  • Research Center for Preventing and Curing FGM and Its Complications

    Abdulcadir Omar Hussen

    Pages 117-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision
Book Subtitle
Culture, Controversy, and Change
Editors
  • George C. Denniston
  • Pia Grassivaro Gallo
  • Frederick M. Hodges
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos
  • Franco Viviani
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4916-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4916-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4915-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7225-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 270
Topics