The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory / Edition 2

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Overview

This is a fully revised edition of a book that may fairly claim to have re-opened the sociology of the body as a legitimate area of enquiry. The book provides an unparalleled guide to all aspects of the sociology of the body. Each chapter has been revised and updated and the book contains new material that reflects changes in the field since the last edition. In particular, Turner's developing position on the centrality of vulnerability.

Assured and innovative, this book provides the most authoritative statement of work on the sociology of the body by what many experts regard to be the leading writer in the field.

'Bryan Turner has revolutionised the way in which we think about ourselves and our bodies. This edition of his book demonstrates further intellectual growth and development; innovative ideas inform an already classic understanding. The human body is the very material of our lives; this book allows us to deepen our knowledge of the meanings of the body in the twenty first century and offers a definitive and emancipatory account of the possibilities (both negative and positive) with which we are presented and which we construct for ourselves' - Mary Evans, University of Kent



Bryan Turner is currently Professor of Sociology at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
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Updates the 1984 argument that sociologists should look to the body as the axis of social analysis rather than to such abstractions as structure, class, and function. A new introduction analyzes the social changes that have floated the body to the top of contemporary social theory, develops an original notion of a somatic society in which political and personal issues are problemized and expressed through the body, and proposes a research program. No illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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The Body And Society is now better than ever. … Turner bridges the organic and cultural with his philosophical and theological aspirations: the result is a penetrating analysis of society's blend of bodies - from erotic to famished bodies, labouring to desiring bodies
Anthony Elliott
Flinders University

Bryan Turner has revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves and our bodies. This edition … demonstrates further intellectual growth and development; innovative ideas inform an already classic understanding. The human body is the very material of our lives; this book allows us to deepen our knowledge of the meanings of the body in the twenty-first century and offers a definitive and emancipatory account of the possibilities (both negative and positive) with which we are presented and which we construct for ourselves
Mary Evans
London School of Economics

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Meet the Author

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology in the Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1998-2005. His research interests include globalization and religion, concentrating on such issues as religious conflict and the modern state, religious authority and electronic information, religious, consumerism and youth cultures, human rights and religion, the human body, medical change, and religious cosmologies. He is Joint Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition 1

1 The Mode of Desire 17

2 Sociology and the Body 33

3 The Body and Religion 57

4 Bodily Order 77

5 Eve's Body 101

6 The End of Patriarchy? 119

7 The Disciplines 135

8 Government of the Body 151

9 Disease and Disorder 173

10 Ontology of Difference 192

11 Bodies in Motion 213

12 The Body and Boredom 227

13 Epilogue: Vulnerability and Values 242

References 263

Index 277

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