1.Sociology and the 'problem' of the body 2.Bodily 'order': cultural and historical perspectives on conformity and transgression 3.Bodily 'control': body techniques, intercorporeality and the embodiment of social action 4.The body in 'high' modernity and consumer culture 5.The 'libidinal' body: psychoanalysis, critical theory and the 'problem' of human desire 6.'Uncontainable' bodies: feminisms, boundaries and reconfigured identities 7.The emotionally 'expressive' body 8.Pain and the 'dys-appearing' body 9.The 'dormant body: sleep, night-time and dreams 10.Artistic bodies: representaion and resistance. Conclusions.
Simon J Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. He is also Co-Director of the new centre for Research in health, Medicine and Society. Gillian Bendelow is a Lecturer in medical sociology and social policy at the University of Warwick
British sociologists Williams and Bendelow, recent collaborators on Emotions in Social Life: Critical Themes and Contemporary Issues (Routledge, 1998), here reconsider the mind-body problem. Observing that "things are much more `messy' " than is suggested by the strict "dualistic legacies of the past," the authors suggest (unwisely?) that sociologists pay more attention to "the adult body in contemporary Western (i.e., European and North American) society." Chapters consider "bodily `order' " and "bodily `control,' " the " `libidinal' body" and the "emotionally `expressive' body." The authors' grounding in Marx, Freud, Foucault, Giddens, and others is substantial, and their discussions thought-provoking. Recommended for research and special libraries.‘Ellen D. Gilbert, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ