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The Resource Free and natural : nudity and the American cult of the body, Sarah Schrank

Free and natural : nudity and the American cult of the body, Sarah Schrank

Label
Free and natural : nudity and the American cult of the body
Title
Free and natural
Title remainder
nudity and the American cult of the body
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Schrank
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From Naked Juice® to nude yoga, contemporary society is steeped in language that draws a connection from nudity to nature, wellness, and liberation. This branding promotes a "free and natural" lifestyle to mostly white and middle-class Americans intent on protecting their own bodies--and those of society at large--from overwork, environmental toxins, illness, conformity to body standards, and the hyper-sexualization of the consumer economy. How did the naked body come to be associated with "naturalness," and how has this notion influenced American culture? Free and Natural explores the cultural history of nudity and its impact on ideas about the body and the environment from the early twentieth century to the present. Sarah Schrank traces the history of nudity, especially public nudity, across the unusual eras and locations where it thrived--including the California desert, Depression-era collectives, and 1950s suburban nudist communities--as well as the more predictable beaches and resorts. She also highlights the many tensions it produced. For example, the blurry line between wholesome nudity and sexuality became impossible to sustain when confronted by the cultural challenges of the sexual revolution. Many longtime free and natural lifestyle enthusiasts, fatigued by decades of legal battles, retreated to private homes and resorts while the politics of gay rights, sexual liberation, environmentalism, and racial equality of the 1970s inspired a new generation of radical advocates of public nudity. By the dawn of the twenty-first century, Schrank demonstrates, a free and natural lifestyle that started with antimaterialist, back-to-the-land rural retreats had evolved into a billion-dollar wellness marketplace where "NakedTM" sells endless products promising natural health, sexual fulfilment, organic food, and hip authenticity. Free and Natural provides an in-depth account of how our bodies have become tethered so closely to modern ideas about nature and identity and yet have been consistently subjected to the excesses of capitalism." -- Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
PU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schrank, Sarah
Dewey number
613/.194
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV450
LC item number
.S325 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Nature and culture in America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nudism
  • Nudity
  • Human body
Label
Free and natural : nudity and the American cult of the body, Sarah Schrank
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. On being free and natural -- Welcome to the nudist colony -- Naked at home -- Therapeutic nudist retreats -- Swinging suburbs -- How to free a beach -- Naked lifestyle consumerism -- Epilogue. Bodies out of place
Control code
on1056781478
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9780812251425
Lccn
2018053108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40029229130
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1056781478
Label
Free and natural : nudity and the American cult of the body, Sarah Schrank
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. On being free and natural -- Welcome to the nudist colony -- Naked at home -- Therapeutic nudist retreats -- Swinging suburbs -- How to free a beach -- Naked lifestyle consumerism -- Epilogue. Bodies out of place
Control code
on1056781478
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9780812251425
Lccn
2018053108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40029229130
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1056781478

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