The Body and Society
Explorations in Social Theory (Published in Association with Theory, Culture & Society)
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|Format:||Paperback, 272 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition|
|Other Information: ||tables, figures, indexes, bibliography|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 02 July 1996|
This edition updates the author's argument that the body should be the axis of sociological analysis. A new introduction analyzes the social changes which have given a special prominence to the body in contemporary social theory, and develops Turner's own notion of a "somatic society", a society within which major political and personal problems are both problematized in the body and expressed through it. He proposes, moreover, a research programme to hold the questions and themes that will preoccupy sociologists of the body in the years to come.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition Representing the Body as a Pictorial Metaphor Introduction to the Second Edition The Embodiment of Social Theory Introduction to the First Edition Body Paradoxes The Mode of Desire Sociology and the Body The Body and Religion Bodily Order Patriarchy Eve's Body From Patriarchy to Patrism The Disciplines Government of the Body Disease and Disorder Ontology of Difference
This book provides a stimulating overview of social and sociological thinking, written in a way which helps in reassessing and critically comparing the kinds of accounts they provide of the body and bodily experience. This includes defining body boundaries and ownership and the links between body
metaphors and images of reproduction, sexual pleasure, disease and disorder, control and treatment. It also seeks to develop an understanding of social changes affecting the nature of embodiment in different social contexts....
This continues to be a valuable and thought-provoking book, but one with a greater emphasis on bodies as structured objects of thought than of experience' - "Medical Sociology News
His analysis remains compelling and relevant.... the book is interesting, well-written and relevant' - "Health
|Publisher: ||SAGE Publications Ltd|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.41 kg)|