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The Body and Social Theory provides a clear, critical analysis of the new sociological literature on the body and an introduction to the most important traditions of thought that have informed social theories of human embodiment. In recent years, contemporary societies have been characterized by a heightened attention to the body, expressed in the changing relation of individual identity to health, sexuality and bodily image. Developments in arenas as diverse as diet, genetic engineering, reproductive technologies, plastic surgery and sports science have made the body increasingly a site of social alternatives and individual choices. The rise of the body in consumer culture as a bearer of symbolic value has been reflected in the emergence of embodiment as a fundamental issue in sociology and related disciplines. Surveying the range of social theories of the body, Chris Shilling offers a comprehensive and innovative assessment of the field. He analyses naturalistic, social constructionist and feminist theories of the body, appraises the fundamental sociological contributions of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias, and demonstrates the centrality of the body to the traditional concerns of social theory. This broad-ranging book will be invaluable to lecturers and students in the study of the body social theory, health and illness, cultural stories, sports, leisure studies and related areas.
In The Body and Social Theory Chris Shilling has built on his expertise in the sociology of the body to provide a canonical treatment of the subject that he renders with theoretical depth and clarity of prose, making this book invaluable.
Jaqueline Low University of New Brunswick, Canada
Lucidly argued and accessibly written, this book makes a convincing case for an embodied sociology which avoids the pitfalls of either too much naturalism or too much social constructivism. It is a book with something for everyone, from the classics in social theory on the body to contemporary bodily phenomena like genetics, body modification, and cultural anxieties about death.
Kathy Davis Utrecht University
With many new additions, both substantive and theoretical, this volume is at the forefront of body studies. Written in a crisp and concise manner, it is an authoritative and invaluable contribution.
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Meet the Author
I am Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). See the rest of the Sociology team.
My main teaching interests are in the areas of the body in culture and society, and in sociological theory. Ph D students are currently studying with me in areas such as the sociology of private spaces, tattooing, evangelical church membership, women's drinking, and sight loss.
Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with cognitive conceptions of agency and identity, and disembodied models of structure, society and social relationships in the late 1980s, I began working on issues concerning the body and embodiment (in education, consumer culture and social and cultural theory), and since that time have become one of the main figures in the establishment of the interdisciplinary field of body studies.
Issues relating to embodiment have become increasingly important across the social sciences and humanities and have stimulated a major reconstruction of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary work, as the limitations of linguistic turns have become apparent and as scholars interrogate, once again, issues pertaining to materiality. The generative, receptive, permeable and performative characteristics and capacities of embodied subjects and inter-corporeal relations are key to these concerns.
My best known book is probably The Body and Social Theory (Sage Press, Theory, Culture & Society series, 1993) which has been translated widely. The second edition was published in 2003, and has also appeared in a number of different languages, and I completed the third edition recently which is scheduled for September 2012 publication.
My other main books include:
The Body in Culture, Technology and Society (Sage / TCS, 2005)
Changing Bodies. Habit, Crisis and Creativity (Sage / TCS, 2008)
Embodying Sociology (Editor, Blackwells / The Sociological Review Monograph Series, 2007)
(with Philip A. Mellor) Re-forming the Body: Religion, Community, Modernity (Sage / TCS, 1997)
(with Philip A. Mellor) The Sociological Ambition (Sage / TCS, 2001).
I am the current editor of The Sociological Review Monograph Series.