The Social Body

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Overview

This book explores both the embodied nature of social life and the social nature of human bodily life. It provides an accessible review of the contemporary social science debates on the body, and develops a coherent new perspective.

Nick Crossley critically reviews the literature on mind and body, and also on the body and society. He draws on theoretical insights from the work of Gilbert Ryle, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, George Herbert Mead and Pierre Bourdieu, and shows how the work of these writers overlaps in interesting and important ways which, when combined, provide the basis for a persuasive and robust account of human embodiment.

The Social Body provides a timely review of the theoretical approach

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761966401
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Crossley Senior Lectuer in Sociology, University of Manchester

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Table of Contents

Mind-Body Dualism
Investigating Descartes' Ghost
All in the Brain?
A Popular False Start
Beyond Dualism
Exorcising Descartes' Ghost
Meaning, Action and Desire
A Preliminary Sketch of Embodied Agency
Habitus, Capital and Field
Embodiment in Bourdieu's Theory of Practice
Habit, Incorporation and the Corporeal Schema
Reflexive Embodiment
Being, Having and Difference

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