Bryan Turner's latest book provides a framework for the development of the study of the body-as-social construct, a new sub-field in sociology. Through the examination of various philosophical traditions--phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, structuralism, and
postmodernism--Regulating Bodies shows how the human body has long been ignored or neglected by mainstream social theory. Turner integrates these different traditions, demonstrating how this absence has not only impoverished the sociology of health and illness, but the very foundations
of sociology itself. In providing a general account of the problem of the body in modern society, this book builds on Turner's previous studies of The Body and Society (1984) and Medical Power and Social Knowledge (1987), attempting to solve many of the existing epistemological and
theoretical difficulties in social theories of the body.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements, Author's Preface, Introduction, Part One: Discovering Bodies, 1. The Body Question: Recent Developments in Social Theory, 2. The Absent Body in Structuration Theory, 3. Reflections on the Epistemology of the Hand, Part Two: Medical Sociology, 4. The
Interdisciplinary Curriculum: From Social Medicine to Postmodernism, 5. The Body and Medical Sociology, Part Three: Regimes of Regulation, 6. The Government of the Body: Medical Regimes and the Rationalization of Diet, 7. The Anatomy Lesson: A Note on the Merton Thesis, 8. The Talking
Disease, Conclusion: Theory and Epistemology of the Body: Interview with Richard Fardon, Appendix