You are here

The Sociology of the Body
Share

The Sociology of the Body
Mapping the Abstraction of Embodiment



© 2006 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Through a provocative analysis, this book contextualizes, explicates and critically analyses the work of those key theorists and texts that have been most influential in refocusing our gaze on human embodiment. Upon this foundation, the author builds her own distinctive theoretical

Framework towards the analysis of embodiment. This is a valuable addition to the field of body studies' - Chris Shilling, University of Portsmouth

Over the last 20 years, the social sciences have witnessed a remarkable inter-disciplinary surge of interest in the body. The latter is now recognized as a core concept and is the subject of intensive study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. But how can we map this work? What are the contributions and differences of the various approaches?

This lucid and authoritative text:

" Provides a critical evaluation of the work of Elias, Aries, Foucault, Bourdieu, Mary Douglas, Kristeva, Butler, Haraway and Bordo;

" Guides the reader through the inter-disciplinary influence of these ideas;

" Gives a clear and compelling analysis of the significance of the `turn' towards the body;

" Helps to understand the complex way in which embodiment is formed across different social formations.

Clearly organized and powerfully expressed the book provides the best available guide to the `turn to the body' in the social sciences.

 
PART ONE: OBJECT - THE REGULATED BODY
 
'Manners Maketh the Man'
Social Norms and Customary Control  
 
Regimes and Institutions
Authority and Delimited Control  
 
Place and Space
Habitus and Social Control  
 
PART TWO: ABJECT - THE BOUNDED BODY
 
Blood, Bile and Phlegm
Ritual Bodies and Boundaries that Blur  
 
Mind over Matter
Psychoanalysis and `Putting On' the Body  
 
PART THREE: SUBJECT - THE BODY OF DIFFERENCE
 
Technoscience
Remodelling and Redefining Boundaries  
 
The Social Subject
Life-Experiences, Lifestyles and Life-Stages  

Interesting text with chapters on: Space and Place: Habitus and Social Control. The Bounded body and Psychoanalysis.

Dr Bethany Simmonds
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
August 21, 2016

Useful text and very well organised, a great introduction for undergraduate level.

Miss Amy Clark
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 12, 2014

I have adopted this text as recommended reading for my students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Theoretical ideas are accessible and carefully presented - a great addition to the literature in this area.

Miss Jessica Clark
School of Applied Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
October 6, 2011

This is a very useful introductory text that will help students understand a range of theoretical approaches to the body. It is compact and clearly written. I would have liked it to flag up more directly which theorists were being addressed in each chapter - names and approaches are embedded in introductory sections, whereas more explicit chapter titles and sub-headings indicating topics would be very useful for readers, especially students.

Dr Sarah Graham
School of English, University of Leicester
November 16, 2009

Preview this book

For instructors

This book is not available as a review copy. For more information contact your local sales representative.

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9780761940241
$63.00
ISBN: 9780761940234
$175.00

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.