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Pramod K. Nayar, The Extreme in Contemporary Culture: States of Vulnerability

(London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), softcover, xv+165 pp.

Adam Zmarzlinski
Published Online: 2017-12-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0028


Pramod K. Nayar’s inventive 150-page examination of physical and psychological vulnerability of man under extreme circumstances-torture, terminal illness, environmental and geographical limits etc.-is a brilliant work best described as a thought-provoking, and surprisingly emotional, equivalent of an academic horror story. 'The Extreme in Contemporary Culture' leads the reader through film, literature, extreme sports, two major historical events-9/11 and Chernobyl-and the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and, like a neat multi-flowered bouquet, interlinks these different topics in one (un)floral cone: the human body under duress.

Keywords: vulnerability; contemporary culture; the extreme

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Received: 2017-10-30

Accepted: 2017-10-31

Published Online: 2017-12-22

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Open Cultural Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 319–320, ISSN (Online) 2451-3474, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0028.

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