The Body

The Body : Social Process and Cultural Theory

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This challenging volume reasserts the centrality of the body within social theory as a means to understanding the complex interrelations between nature, culture and society. At a theoretical level, the volume explores the origins of a social theory of the body in sources ranging from the work of Nietzsche to contemporary feminist theory.



The importance of a theoretical understanding of the body to social and cultural analysis of contemporary societies is demonstrated through specific case studies. These range from the expression of the emotions, romantic love, dietary practice, consumer culture, fitness and beauty, to media images of women and sexuality.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 23.88mm | 500g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • w. figs.
  • 0803984138
  • 9780803984134
  • 671,865

Table of contents

Preface - Mike Featherstone, Mike Hepworth and Bryan S Turner
Recent Developments in the Theory of the Body - Bryan S Turner
Bringing Bodies Back In - Arthur Frank
On Human Beings and Their Emotions - Norbert Elias
a Process-Sociological Essay
On the Civilizing of Appetite - Stephen Mennell
The Discourse of Diet - Bryan S Turner
The Body in Consumer Culture - Mike Featherstone
The Midlifestyle of 'George and Lynne' - Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
Martial Arts as a Resource for Liberal Education - Donald N Levine
The Case of Aikido
Bio-politics and Social Policy - Martin Hewitt
Foucault's Account of Welfare
Genealogy and The Body - Scott Lash
Foucault/Deleuze/Nietzsche
The Art of The Body in The Discourse of Postmodernity - Roy Boyne
Love's Labour Lost? A Sociological View - Margareta Bertilsson
Biographical Boundaries - Graham McCann
Sociology and Marilyn Monroe
Carmen - or The Invention of a New Feminine Myth - Dick Pels and Aya Crebas
The Mask of Ageing - Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
Sociological Discourse and The Body - J M Berthelot
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Review Text

`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
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`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
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About Mike Featherstone

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology in the Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1998-2005. His research interests include globalization and religion, concentrating on such issues as religious conflict and the modern state, religious authority and electronic information, religious, consumerism and youth cultures, human rights and religion, the human body, medical change, and religious cosmologies. He is Joint Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.
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