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Bodies and Borders in Latin America: Socialization, Change and Contemporary Debates

The course deals with how individual experiences, sociocultural beliefs and global trends are manifested via the body. On the one hand, the body is a common denominator between people; on the other hand, the body and physical appearance are the primary arenas for differentiation and establishment of social hierarchies.
Based on various empirical studies from and about Latin America, the course offers the opportunity to critically examine contemporary debates about the body and bodily practices. The course encompasses four themes:

  • social science theories of the body;
  • sociocultural conceptions of the body and physical practices in various parts of Latin America;
  • the body, media and consumption in Latin America;
  • new technologies, new challenges – local and global debates about the body.