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The Body

The Body
Social Process and Cultural Theory

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352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"I must say at the start that this is a most important and interesting collection which does much to advance the sociology of the body. I congratulate the editors for a fine achievement, and the editors of TCS for pioneering this new, and now much less secret, theorizing of the body and of the embodied self." --Contemporary Sociology "Both engrossing and challenging, the papers present to the reader an opportunity to examine in depth the significance of the human physique. . . . A thought provoking book." --Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling For centuries the human body has been a long-established issue in anthropology. However, human embodiment is increasingly becoming the primary focus in sociology and cultural studies as a means to understanding the complex interrelations between nature, culture, and society. At a theoretical level, this challenging volume explores the origins of a social theory of the body in sources ranging from the work of Nietzsche to contemporary feminist theory. Through specific case studies, the contributors demonstrate the importance of a theoretical understanding of the body to social and cultural analyses of contemporary societies. These range from the expression of emotions, romantic love, dietary practices, consumer behavior, physical fitness, beauty, and media images of women and sexuality. The Body will interest scholars and researchers, as well as students of social theory, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and philosophy.
Mike Featherstone, Mike Hepworth and Bryan S Turner
Bryan S Turner
Recent Developments in the Theory of the Body
Arthur Frank
Bringing Bodies Back In
Norbert Elias
On Human Beings and Their Emotions
a Process-Sociological Essay

Stephen Mennell
On the Civilizing of Appetite
Bryan S Turner
The Discourse of Diet
Mike Featherstone
The Body in Consumer Culture
Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
The Midlifestyle of 'George and Lynne'
Donald N Levine
Martial Arts as a Resource for Liberal Education
The Case of Aikido

Martin Hewitt
Bio-politics and Social Policy
Foucault's Account of Welfare

Scott Lash
Genealogy and The Body

Roy Boyne
The Art of The Body in The Discourse of Postmodernity
Margareta Bertilsson
Love's Labour Lost? A Sociological View
Graham McCann
Biographical Boundaries
Sociology and Marilyn Monroe

Dick Pels and Aya Crebas
Carmen - or The Invention of a New Feminine Myth
Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
The Mask of Ageing
J M Berthelot
Sociological Discourse and The Body

`The editors are to be commended for their inclusion of perspectives from various cultures. With the increasing globalization, internationalization, and geographic movement of individual persons an understanding of cultural differences in valuation of bodily forms is becoming a necessary requirement for persons engaged in human services. This volume is a needed addition to the literature focusing on these issues' - Journal of Applied Rehailitation Counselling

`This is a most important and interesting collection which does much to advance the sociology of the body...I congratulate the editors for a fine achievement and the editors of TCS for pioneering this new, and now much less secret, theorizing of the body and of the embodied self' - Contemporary Sociology

Mike Featherstone

Mike Hepworth

Bryan S Turner

Bryan S. Turner is one of the world’s leading sociologists of religion; he has also devoted significant attention to sociological theory, the study of human rights, and the sociology of the body. In Vulnerability and Human Rights (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), he presents an interdisciplinary dialogue with the literature of economics, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, and religion. His current research involves the role of religion in contemporary Asia and the changing nature of citizenship in a globalizing world. Turner has written, coauthored, or edited more than seventy books and more than two hundred articles... More About Author

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