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A 'state-of-the-art' review of the sociology of body which will provide both new students and established researchers with clear and accessible coverage of the major theories and debates in this growing discipline.
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The Lived Body

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A 'state-of-the-art' review of the sociology of body which will provide both new students and established researchers with clear and accessible coverage of the major theories and debates in this growing discipline.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203025680
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Sociology and the 'problem' of the body 9
2 Bodily 'order': cultural and historical perspectives on conformity and transgression 25
3 Bodily 'control': body techniques, intercorporeality and the embodiment of social action 49
4 The body in 'high' modernity and consumer culture 67
5 The 'libidinal' body: psychoanalysis, critical theory and the 'problem' of human desire 94
6 'Uncontainable' bodies? Feminisms, boundaries and reconfigured identities 113
7 The emotionally 'expressive' body 131
8 Pain and the 'dys-appearing' body 155
9 The 'dormant' body: sleep, night-time and dreams 171
10 'Artistic' bodies: representation and resistance 188
Conclusions 208
Notes 214
References 228
Index 253
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