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Beyond Pain

The Anthropology of Body Suspensions

Federica Manfredi

318 pages, 31 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-524-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (May 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-525-6 eBook Not Yet Published

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The practice of body suspension — piercing one’s own flesh with metal hooks and hanging from them — and its uniquely sprawling community challenge our cultural understanding of pain. The suspendees experience physical suffering to trigger altered states of consciousness that help them define and create an enhanced version of the self. Through experimental and practice-based methodology, Beyond Pain combines thirteen years of intermittent ethnographical fieldwork during suspension festivals and private events in Italy, Portugal, and Norway, along with online sites such as Facebook groups, to uncover the often silenced and misunderstood voices of the people who undertake this practice.

Federica Manfredi is a Fellow Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Torino (Italy), where she investigates the medicalization of women sexuality and illegitimate forms of genital pain through experimental qualitative methodologies. Working with artists, designers and sociologists, she curated the itinerant exhibition “Vulvar Pain. Art. Science. Resistance” as experiment of participative dissemination.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General)Anthropology (General)
Area: Europe


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