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The Body : A Very Short Introduction - Chris Shilling

The Body

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st March 2016
ISBN: 9780198739036
Number Of Pages: 144

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The human body is thought of conventionally as a biological entity, with its longevity, morbidity, size and even appearance determined by genetic factors immune to the influence of society or culture. Since the mid-1980s, however, there has been a rising awareness of how our bodies, and our perception of them, are influenced by the social, cultural and material contexts in which humans live.

Drawing on studies of sex and gender, education, governance, the economy, and religion, Chris Shilling demonstrates how our physical being allows us to affect the material and virtual world around us, yet also enables governments to shape and direct our thoughts and actions. Revealing how social relationships, cultural images, and technological and medical advances shape our perceptions and awareness, he exposes the limitations of traditional Western traditions of thought that elevate the mind over the body as that which defines us as human. Dealing with issues ranging from cosmetic and transplant surgery, the performance of gendered identities, the commodification of bodies and body parts, and the violent consequences of competing conceptions of the body as sacred, Shilling provides a compelling account of why body matters present contemporary societies with a series of urgent and inescapable challenges.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Introduction 1: Natural bodies or social bodies? 2: Sexed bodies 3: Educating bodies 4: Governing bodies. 5: Bodies as commodities 6: Bodies matter! Dilemmas and controversies References and Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780198739036
ISBN-10: 0198739036
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st March 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.8  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14

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