By Firouzeh Nahavandi
This ebook proposes the advent of a development-related point of view to scholarly critique of the human body’s commodification. Nahavandi contends that the commodification of human physique elements displays a contemporary type of such recognized ancient phenomena as slavery and colonization, and will be thought of a brand new and extra type of appropriation and extraction of assets from the worldwide South. What are the commonalities among hair alternate, surrogacy, kidney sale and charm of brains? the writer argues that those all signify an international the place more and more every thing should be traded or is taken into account to be tradeable. a global the place, just like the other items, physique elements have entered the worldwide marketplace both legally or illegally. via a sequence of multidisciplinary comparative reports, the booklet explores how kinds commodification of the human physique are fuelled by way of problems with poverty within the worldwide South, and inequality in transnational relatives.
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More recently, in the 1960s, the resurgence of hair in women’s fashion grew through the development of cheap synthetic fibers (Woodford 1972). Currently, while wigs are still in use, hair extensions are dominating the hairpiece industry. They have become an accessory of beauty. Natural or artificial, hair extension is common today; however, natural hair is favored. It still indicates the consumers’ wealth together with their purchasing power. Costly natural hair is mostly coming from the Global South, as the markets are fuelled with cheaply bought hair from poor women themselves, or more often from unscrupulous intermediaries, treated and then sold at a considerable profit, as will be addressed later.
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However, the demand progressively disappeared as blond wigs became the trademark of prostitutes in Rome. Their use was denounced by early Fathers of the Church as an invention of the devil unworthy of Christianity, and a serious offense to God signaling debauchery and lewdness,. This view was applied during several centuries until the Renaissance when wigs became considered a sign of status and provided the ability to engage in conspicuous consumption. The recourse to wigs by kings and their court such as Louis XIV’s in France illustrates this evolution.