Reading the body at von Hagen's body worlds

Goulding, Christina; Saran, Michael and Lindridge, Andrew (2013). Reading the body at von Hagen's body worlds. Annals of Tourism Research, 40 pp. 306–330.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2012.08.008

Abstract

Based on data collected through familiarization and netnography we explore the different readings of the body at Von Hagen’s Body Worlds. We ground our data in a reading and interpretation that draws upon some of the debates from a cross disciplinary social science analysis. These include cultural anthropology, sociology and psychology. We present five explanatory themes; the body as spectacle; the body as mortality salience; the body as commodity; the body as machine and the dehumanized body. In doing so we also respond to the call for greater attention to the consumer perspective within the field of thanatourism.

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