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Key Concepts in Body and Society

Key Concepts in Body and Society

224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept:

  • Includes an easy to understand definition
  • Provides real-world examples
  • Gives suggestions for further reading
  • Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.

Ageing and Childhood
Appearance and Beauty
Civilizing Processes
Death and Dying
Food and Eating
Gesture and Habits
Health and Illness
Media and Representation
Medicine and Science
Race and Ethnicity

This book is a great idea. It provides a thorough, accessible and interesting introduction to the most important concepts in the sociology of the body. Students new to this area will find it invaluable
Deborah Lupton
University of Sydney

Cregan has achieved something distinct: an account of the sociology of the body which incorporates both theory and empirical studies, which demonstrates excellent coverage of an ever expanding field, and which is written in an accessible style. Most impressive is the fact that, whilst each entry is well researched and can be read in isolation, Cregan has ensured a coherence which means the book also works as a whole. An intelligent treatment and account of the sociology of the body, which I look forward to incorporating into my teaching
Rob Meadows
University of Surrey

The SAGE Key Concepts series are excellent resources. Here Cregan identities central issues of the sociology of the body and embodied sociology that are applied across many contexts helping students navigate their way through this growing field.

Mr James Brighton
Sports Science,Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 16, 2014

Essential easy guide to understanding concepts for those who are new to sociology.

Mr Lewis Simpson
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
December 3, 2013

This is a great addition to our central resources for AS/A2 Communication & Culture. The short readings are ideal in giving students an overview of topics and issues. The suggestions for further reading have proved very useful. A very well thought out book.

Ms Andrea Hartle
Dept Arts, Media and Humanities, Northampton College
November 12, 2013

I would recommend students reading parts of the book if they get a chance and it provides a good introduction to the topics covered. However, because each section is very short it does not cover topics in enough depth to recommend students purchasing the book over others.

Mr Michael Rees
Business and Social Science, University of Wales
October 29, 2013

This is a very useful book outlining the key concepts of the body in society. It is easy to read and provides useful examples, making it ideal for students across a range of social science disciplines.

Dr Sharron Hinchliff
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Sheffield University
December 14, 2012

An excellent introductory text which covers a wide range of important issues.

Dr James Cherrington
Sport and Active Lifestyles, Sheffield Hallam University
November 7, 2012

This is a very good book and present a good introduction to students reflecting on the position of the self in society.

Dr Christine Corcoran
Faculty of Social Science, The Open University
November 6, 2012

Really useful, neat little book that makes for excellent, but supplementary, reading fro students on my course.

Dr Daniel Bloyce
Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Chester University
November 2, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Kate Cregan

Kate Cregan is the author of Global Childhoods: Issues and Debates (SAGE, 2014), Key Concepts in Body and Society (SAGE, 2012), Sociology of the Body: Mapping the Abstraction of Embodiment (SAGE, 2006) and The Theatre of the Body: Staging Death and Embodying Life in Early Modern London (Brepols, 2009). The majority of her writing and research is based around understandings of the embodiment across time, space and culture-with particular reference to medical interpretations of the body, medical technologies and the representation in images of the body. Two of her allied interests are ethics (human, social and research) and writing... More About Author

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