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Description - Contract with the Skin by Kathy O'Dell

Kathy O'Dell argues that the growth of masochistic performance during the 1970s must be seen in the context of society's response to the Vietnam War and contemporaneous changes in theories of contract. She contends that the dynamic that exists between audience and performer during these masochistic acts relates to the tension resulting from ruptures in the social contract. Indeed, as the war in Vietnam waned, so did masochistic performance, only to reemerge in the 1980s in relation to the "war on AIDS" and the censorious "culture wars".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816628872
ISBN-10: 0816628874
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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