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Palgrave Macmillan

Degradation Rituals

Our Sadomasochistic Society

ISBN 9781137393982
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Degradation Rituals describes the socioeconomic and political conditions that give rise to the routinization of sadomasochistic mechanisms of survival under increasingly coercive patterns of human interaction. It describes the distortion of conventional mediating methods of social, economic, and political engagement that compels individuals to choose these particular forms of ruthless exchanges, and disentangles a variety of power-based social and sensual phenomenon influencing cruel cultural patterns of sadomasochistic practices in and beyond the bedroom. Based on the author's extensive immersion within motorcycling cultures on three continents, urban ecological squatting with anarchists throughout Europe, participant observations surrounding innovative scientific collaborations at world-class biotechnology trade shows, investigation of self-reported sexual fetish practices, demonstrable Egyptian Islamic intellectual militancy, court cases influencing avant-garde ecological and higher education policies, and many other mixed methodologies; the analysis integrates classic and contemporary theory to demystify the detrimental effects of de-civilizing tendencies that are inadvertently solidifying a surprising simultaneity of extreme cruelty and kindness.

Lisiunia A. Romanienko, (BA Rutgers University; MS New School University, PhD Wroclaw University) has received fellowships, grants, awards, and teaching appointments from Wroclaw University in Poland, Graz University in Austria, Suez Canal University in Egypt, Rutgers University, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and Southern University of New Orleans [HBCU]. Her previous book Body Piercing and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) received numerous awards from a variety of professional associations.

1. Deconstructing Degradation Rituals
2. Degradation Rituals in Incarceration
3. Degradation Rituals in Biotechnology
4. Degradation Rituals in American Higher Education
5. Degradation Rituals in Off-Road Motorcycling in Africa
6. Degradation Rituals in Mobile Squatting in Poland
7. Degradation Rituals in the Bedroom
8. Degradation Rituals in Ecological Sustainability
9. Degradation Rituals in Chinese Cultural Museums
10. Degradation Rituals in German Holocaust Compensation
11. Degradation Rituals among Islamic Intellectuals of Egypt
12. Degradation Rituals in One World Governance


"I am delighted that Lisiunia Romanienko has finally sat down to document, in pain-staking detail, the numerous societal cruelties we have witnessed and agonized over throughout the years. It is high time that her thoughtful observations of the aggressive patterns of behavior around the world are being brought to light in this timely and courageous book." - Alessandra Rusconi, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany
'People everywhere are yearning for the cessation of state and non-state cruelties. Lisiunia Romanienko has captured these unique demoralizing and paradoxically empowering processes. It is rare for an intellectual to engage both the heart and mind in the research process, yet in this way she enables her reader to gain a better understanding of the resilience of the human spirit in response to persistent depravity documented in this ground-breaking book.' - Gideon Kressel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
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