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Slouch : posture panic in modern America

Linker, Beth (author.).

Summary: "This book is a historical consideration of how poor posture became a dreaded pathology in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. It opens with the "outbreak" of the poor posture epidemic, which began with turn-of-the-century paleoanthropologists: If upright posture was the first of all attributes that separated human from beasts - and importantly a precondition for the development of intellect and speech - what did it mean that a majority of Americans slouched? By World War I, public health officials claimed that 80% of Americans suffered from postural abnormalities. Panic spread, setting into motion initiatives intended to stem the slouching epidemic, as schoolteachers, shoe companies, clothing manufacturers, public health officials, medical professionals, and the popular press exhorted the public toward detection. Wellness programs stigmatized disability while also encouraging the belief that health and ableness could be purchased through consumer goods. What makes this epidemic unique is that, in the absence of a communicable contagion, it was largely driven by a cultural intolerance of disabled bodies, with notions of "ableness" taking hold for much of the twentieth century. The author traces this history through its consequential demise, as social movements of the 1960s prompted people to push back against invasive and discriminatory standards. Large-scale physical fitness assessments designed to weed out defective bodies relied on compliant participants, and the Civil Rights and Women's Movement, as well as the anti-Vietnam war protests and Disability Rights Movements eventually halted that supply, and in the 1990s a public outcry destroyed many of the archives and materials collected. Nevertheless, anxiety over posture persists to this day"--

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  • ISBN: 9780691235509
  • ISBN: 069123549X
  • ISBN: 9780691235493
  • Physical Description: vii, 377 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
    print
  • Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2024]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The making of a posture science -- Posture epidemic -- Posture commercialization -- Posture queens and fitness regimes -- The geopolitics of posture -- The perils of posture perfection -- The posture photo scandal.
Subject: Posture United States History 20th century
Posture United States History 21st century
Posture Social aspects United States History 20th century
Posture Social aspects United States History 21st century
Human body Social aspects United States History 20th century
Human body Social aspects United States History 21st century
Posture États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Posture États-Unis Histoire 21e siècle
Posture Aspect social États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Posture Aspect social États-Unis Histoire 21e siècle
Human body Social aspects
Posture
United States
Genre: History.

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