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The Body : Social Process and Cultural Theory - Mike Featherstone

The Body

Social Process and Cultural Theory

By: Mike Featherstone (Editor), Mike Hepworth (Editor), Professor Bryan S. Turner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780803984134
Number Of Pages: 352

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This book carries on the process, initiated by Bryan Turner in his seminal work "The Body and Society", of re-establishing the importance of the body to the social sciences and the humanities. This volume reasserts the centrality of the body within social theory as a means to understanding the complex inter-relations between nature, culture and society. At a theoretical level, the volume explores the origins of a social theory of the body in sources ranging from the work of Nietzche to contemporary feminist theory. The importance of theoretical understanding of the body to social and cultural analysis of contemporary societies is demonstrated through specific case studies. These range from the expression of the emotions, romantic love, dietary practice, consumer culture, fitness and beauty, to media images of women and sexuality.

`The editors are to be commended for their inclusion of perspectives from various cultures. With the increasing globalization, internationalization, and geographic movement of individual persons an understanding of cultural differences in valuation of bodily forms is becoming a necessary requirement for persons engaged in human services. This volume is a needed addition to the literature focusing on these issues' - Journal of Applied Rehailitation Counselling



`This is a most important and interesting collection which does much to advance the sociology of the body...I congratulate the editors for a fine achievement and the editors of TCS for pioneering this new, and now much less secret, theorizing of the body and of the embodied self' - Contemporary Sociology

Preface
Recent Developments in the Theory of the Body
Bringing Bodies Back In
On Human Beings and Their Emotions
a Process-Sociological Essay
On the Civilizing of Appetite
The Discourse of Diet
The Body in Consumer Culture
The Midlifestyle of 'George and Lynne'
Martial Arts as a Resource for Liberal Education
The Case of Aikido
Bio-politics and Social Policy
Foucault's Account of Welfare
Genealogy and The Body
Foucault/Deleuze/Nietzsche
The Art of The Body in The Discourse of Postmodernity
Love's Labour Lost? A Sociological View
Biographical Boundaries
Sociology and Marilyn Monroe
Carmen - or The Invention of a New Feminine Myth
The Mask of Ageing
Sociological Discourse and The Body
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ISBN: 9780803984134
ISBN-10: 0803984138
Series: Theory, Culture & Society (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.7  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.54

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