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p. 805. Bodies as commoditieslocked

  • Chris Shilling


Bodies have been conceptualized and valued in a wide variety of ways across contrasting cultures. There has been a multiplication of methods through which the physical appearance, organs, and flesh of the living and the dead have become implicated in market transactions. ‘Bodies as commodities’ considers marketing appearance, medicalizing bodies for profit, trafficking body parts, and selling embodied subjects into forced labour and slavery, which each highlight a breakdown of the distinction between physical subjects and commodities. It also discusses the resistance of such commodification by international bodies and anti-slavery organizations working to end forced and indentured labour, and alternative practices challenging the commodification of body parts, fluids, and processes.

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