Being and Owning The Body, Bodily Material, and the Law

Jesse Wall, “Being and Owning: The Body, Bodily Material, and the Law”
Wendy Hayden, “Evolutionary Rhetoric : Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century Feminism”
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin
US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality by Lance Selfa
Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State by Chris Renwick

Jesse Wall, “Being and Owning: The Body, Bodily Material, and the Law”

English | ISBN: 0198727984 | 2015 | 256 pages | PDF | 13 MB

When part of a person’s body is separated from them, or when a person dies, it is unclear what legal status the item of bodily material is able to obtain. A ‘no property rule’ which states that there is no property in the human body was first recorded in an English judgment in 1882. Claims based on property rights in the human body and its parts have failed on the basis that the human body is not the subject of property. Despite a recent series of exceptions to the ‘no property rule’, the law still has no clear answer as to the legal status of the body or its material. In this book, Wall examines the appropriate legal status of bodily material, and in doing so, develops a way for the law to address disputes over the use and storage of bodily material that, contrary to the current trend, resists the application of property law.
Wall assesses when a person ought to be able to possess, control, use, or profit from, his or her own bodily material or the bodily material of another person. Bodily material may be valuable because it retains a functional unity with the body or is a material resource that is in short supply. With this in mind, Wall measures the extent to which property law can represent the rights and duties that protects the entitlement that a person may exercise in bodily material, and identifies the limits to the appropriate application of property law. An alternative to property law is developed with reference to the right of bodily integrity and the right to privacy.

Wendy Hayden, “Evolutionary Rhetoric : Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century Feminism”

English | ISBN: 0809331012 | 2013 | 274 pages | PDF | 2 MB

In Evolutionary Rhetoric, scholar Wendy Hayden provides a comprehensive examination of the relationship between scientific and feminist rhetorics in free-love feminism, studying the movement from its inception in the 1850s to its dark turn toward eugenics in the early 1900s. Hayden organizes her provocative study by scientific discipline—evolution, physiology, bacteriology, embryology, and heredity. Each chapter explores how free-love feminists adopted the evidence of that discipline in their arguments for increased sex education, women’s sexual rights, reproductive freedom, and the abolition of a marriage system that repressed the rights and the sexuality of women.
Hayden takes our conventional understanding of the relationship between nineteenth-century feminism and science and expands it. The author provides examples of the powerful words of free-love feminists to show exactly how these exceptional women used science as a rhetorical platform to promote feminist, and often radical, social reforms.
Considering why the free-love movement has not yet been studied, Hayden also discusses how the recovery of this movement may impact larger goals in the recovery of women’s rhetoric. This important and timely study of a long-forgotten movement adds to our understanding of the complexities of the history of feminism.

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin

English | December 5th, 2017 | ASIN: B01MXXZYJ4, ISBN: 1328661598, 1328507971 | 240 Pages | EPUB | 4.90 MB

Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: “If I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub.”
On cultural perceptions of fantasy: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”
On breakfast: “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.”
Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical—shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality by Lance Selfa

English | December 30th, 2017 | ASIN: B071YJPVGF, ISBN: 1608468534 | 218 Pages | EPUB | 1.32 MB

The book takes on the measure of the Democratic Party and mainstream liberal organizations, who have shown themselves to be completely inadequate to address the key questions facing working people today. It further seeks to understand the Trump phenomenon in the international context of rising right-wing populism emerging from the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State by Chris Renwick

English | September 7th, 2017 | ASIN: B06Y6494C3, ISBN: 0241186684 | 295 Pages | EPUB | 1.86 MB

‘Makes a gripping human story out of the wisest and most progressive policy achievement of any government in the history of the world … the welfare state deserves books this good’ Stuart Maconie, New Statesman, Books of the Year.
‘A brilliant book, full of little revelations’ Jon Cruddas, Prospect
‘Carefully argued, deftly balanced and wittily written, with countless lovely details’ Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
A landmark book from a remarkable new historian, on a subject that has never been more important – or imperilled
Today, everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong with the British welfare state. In the midst of economic crisis, politicians and commentators talk about benefits as a lifestyle choice, and of ‘skivers’ living off hard-working ‘strivers’ as they debate what a welfare state fit for the twenty-first century might look like.
This major new history tells the story of one the greatest transformations in British intellectual, social and political life: the creation of the welfare state, from the Victorian workhouse, where you had to be destitute to receive help, to a moment just after the Second World War, when government embraced responsibilities for people’s housing, education, health and family life, a commitment that was unimaginable just a century earlier. Though these changes were driven by developments in different and sometimes unexpected currents in British life, they were linked by one over-arching idea: that through rational and purposeful intervention, government can remake society. It was an idea that, during the early twentieth century, came to inspire people across the political spectrum.
In exploring this extraordinary transformation, Bread for All explores and challenges our assumptions about what the welfare state was originally for, and the kinds of people who were involved in creating it. In doing so, it asks what the idea continues to mean for us today.