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The Body

The Body
Social Process and Cultural Theory

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January 1991 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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

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