RISE AND SHINE
Sunlight, Technology and Health

SIMON CARTER
160pp 2007 LIST PRICE: £26.99 (P) N098

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This is a subtle and complex analysis of the historical roles that sunlight has played in the mediation of such notions as health, pleasure, the body, race and class. It traces the development of our ambivalent relationship to the sun and what this says about our changing attitudes to the human body and environment. Beginning with a view of sunlight as part of our material and social culture, Carter then covers issues as wide-ranging as the use of sunlight to treat tuberculosis and rickets in the early twentieth century, our changing relationship with the sun and the invention of suntan lotion. He shows that intentionally exposing one's body to the rays of the sun is a recent phenomenon.