The Social Body

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"This book examines key questions regarding human embodiment. It explores both the corporeal nature of social life and the social nature of the human body. The book is essential reading for anybody who has an interest in questions of embodiment and the place of 'the body' in social scientific thought. It will be of interest to new students in the area and the more established research community alike."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761966395
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/13/2001
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Crossley Senior Lectuer in Sociology, University of Manchester

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Mind-Body Dualism: Investigating Descartes' Ghost 8
3 All in the Brain? A Popular False Start 22
4 Beyond Dualism: Exorcising Descartes' Ghost 38
5 Meaning, Action and Desire: A Preliminary Sketch of Embodied Agency 62
6 Habitus, Capital and Field: Embodiment in Bourdieu's Theory of Practice 91
7 Habit, Incorporation and the Corporeal Schema 120
8 Reflexive Embodiment: Being, Having and Difference 140
Afterword: Embodied Agency and the Theory of Practice 161
Bibliography 163
Index 168
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