Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision

Culture, Controversy, and Change

  • George C. Denniston
  • Pia Grassivaro Gallo
  • Frederick M. Hodges
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos
  • Franco Viviani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Hugh Young
    Pages 1-16
  3. Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Eleanora Tita, Franco Viviani
    Pages 49-55
  4. Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Elisabetta Villa, Fabiola Pagani
    Pages 65-84
  5. Stella Lineri, Chiara Rauhe, Pia Grassivaro Gallo
    Pages 85-91
  6. Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Anna Iordanidou, Franco Viviani
    Pages 93-102
  7. Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Lara Franco, Lisa Rivaroli
    Pages 103-115
  8. Saulo Sirigatti, Lucrezia Catania, Sara Simone, Silvia Casale, Abdulcadir Omar Hussen
    Pages 123-132
  9. Franco Viviani, Gian Luca Costardi, Lisa Capparotto, Pia Grassivaro Gallo
    Pages 141-147
  10. J. Steven Svoboda
    Pages 149-164
  11. George C. Denniston
    Pages 189-201
  12. David J. Llewellyn
    Pages 219-232
  13. Nagla Dawelbait, Pia Grassivaro Gallo, Marianna Pappalardo
    Pages 247-260
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 261-269

About this book


Circumcision is a cultural phenomenon that affects 15.3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13.3 millions boys and 2 million girls are subjected to the involuntary removal of part or all of their external sex organs every year. Few people, however, ask why such practices persist or how modern societies can tolerate this inherent violation of human rights. The problem of female circumcision is being addressed on an international level, while male circumcision remains a subject many academics are reluctant to fully or impartially examine. This book explores the problem of male and female circumcision in modern society from religious, anthropological, psychological, medical, legal, and ethical perspectives.

Bodily Integrity and the Politics of Circumcision: Culture, Controversy, and Change illuminates the vulnerability of human society to medical, economic, and historical pressures. It provides a much-needed, thoughtful, and detailed analysis of the devastating impact of circumcision on bodily integrity and human rights, and it provides hope for change.


Circumcision Ethical Perspective Female genital modification Gender Male and Female genital mutilation human rights

Editors and affiliations

  • George C. Denniston
    • 1
  • Pia Grassivaro Gallo
    • 2
  • Frederick M. Hodges
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos
    • 3
  • Franco Viviani
    • 4
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly
  3. 3.National Organization of CircumcisionInformation Resource CentersSan AnselmoUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of PaduaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-4915-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4916-3
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