• Monday Series: Constructing the Naked (Social) Body V

    CONCLUSIONS: CONSTRUCTING THE (NAKED) SOCIAL BODY The Transparent Man stands upon a platform, looking upwards to the sky, his arm erected towards the air, as if he’s immersing himself in the light of the sun. He was first unveiled to the public in 1930, a proud recognition of the German hygiene movements. In his transparency,… Continue Reading

  • Monday Series: Constructing the Naked (Social) Body IV

    THE SOCIAL BODY The nudists’ efforts to create a fit and racially pure Germany were partly propelled by the strong perception of crisis and the larger Lebensreform movements. It is difficult to separate the ideological basis of nudism from its contextual relationship with the social affairs and political instability that rocked Wilelmine and Weimar Germany;… Continue Reading

  • Monday Series: Constructing the Naked (Social) Body III

    THE NAKED BODY Nacktkultur emerged out of the larger Lebensreform movements of the late 1890s, which sought to improve urban-industrial societies by aiming to expose, and return, the body to a more natural way of living. The popularity of Lebensreform resided in its holistic interpretation of living, one which sought to unite the shattered units… Continue Reading

  • Monday Series: Constructing the (Naked) Social Body II

    THE HISTORY OF THE BODY Before continuing with my examination of the ideology of Nacktkultur and its respective relationships with the social body, I will first briefly outline what constitutes as a history of the body. Scholarship based upon the works of Foucault has emphasized the role of the body as a vehicle of social… Continue Reading

  • Monday Series: Constructing the (Naked) Social Body

    I wrote this paper for a course on the Philosophy of Nudity at IHPST, directed by Professor Paul Thompson. I truly enjoyed the course, particularly how it introduced me to different perspectives of nudity and nudism as cultural artifacts. “Nudity is a form of dress.” John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972) INTRODUCTION: THE EMERGENCE OF… Continue Reading