Assured and innovative, this book provides the most authoritative statement of work on the sociology of the body by what many experts regard to be the leading writer in the field.
"Bryan Turner has revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves and our bodies. This edition of his book demonstrates further intellectual growth and development; innovative ideas inform an already classic understanding. The human body is the very material of our lives; this book allows us to deepen our knowledge of the meanings of the body in the twenty first century and offers a definitive and emancipatory account of the possibilities (both negative and positive) with which we are presented and which we construct for ourselves."
- Mary Evans, University of Kent
Bryan Turner is currently Professor of Sociology at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
Revised and updated throughout, the Third Edition includes:
A brand new introduction.
New chapters on 'Bodies in Motion', 'The Body and Boredom', and 'Vulnerability and Values'.