The Body and Social Psychology

The Body and Social Psychology

by Alan Radley

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991)

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This book is about the relationship between social psychology and the body. It starts from the assumption that questions to do with the body are of paramount importance for an understanding of social life. At first sight, this is a noncontentious statement to make, and yet a moment's thought shows that social psychology has had very little to say about this subject to date. Why should this be? Is it because the boundaries of the discipline have been drawn very tightly, focusing exclusively upon such things as attitudes and groups? Is it, perhaps, because the body suggests a field of study best left to biologists and physicians? Or is it because social psychology is well advised to steer clear of problems that draw us back from the social toward what are seen as the biological and the prehistory of our discipline? These were some of the questions that were in my mind when 1 decided to write this book. In addition, I was influenced by the experience of researching in the area of chronic illness. There is nothing quite like life­ threatening disease to point up mortality and the issues that arise from having to live with the constraints of one's body. Looking for theoretical ideas to help with this work led me to read in the literature of medical sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461269588
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Series: Springer Series in Social Psychology
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 The Invisible Legacy.- 2 Subordination to a Democratic Eye.- 3 The Object of Scrutiny.- 4 The Character of Movement.- 5 The Embodiment of Group Relationships.- 6 Matter of Significance.- 7 Cultivated Attitudes.- 8 Revelation and Recovery.- References.- Author Index.

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