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Children, Culture, and Body Modification.

Authors
  • Sarajlic, Eldar
Type
Published Article
Journal
Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
30
Issue
2
Pages
167–190
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1353/ken.2020.0005
PMID: 33416591
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this paper, I analyze the phenomenon of child cultural body modification (CCBM). I describe the practice, discuss philosophical, sociological, and anthropological arguments about the parental motivations, and evaluate an influential justification based on the children's putative cultural benefit of undergoing CCBM. I propose an alternative view of bodily integrity based on the value of body agency, the ability of individuals to generate meaning in their world through conscious, voluntary, and purpose-driven usage of their own bodies.

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