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The Social Body: Habit, Identity and Desire

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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: 9780761966395
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
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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