The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory, by Mike Featherstone (1991)

tn2About This Book 

For centuries the human body has been a long-established issue in anthropology. However, human embodiment is increasingly becoming the primary focus in sociology and cultural studies as a means to understanding the complex interrelations between nature, culture, and society. At a theoretical level, this challenging volume explores the origins of a social theory of the body in sources ranging from the work of Nietzsche to contemporary feminist theory. Through specific case studies, the contributors demonstrate the importance of a theoretical understanding of the body to social and cultural analyses of contemporary societies. These range from the expression of emotions, romantic love, dietary practices, consumer behavior, physical fitness, beauty, and media images of women and sexuality. The Body will interest scholars and researchers, as well as students of social theory, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and philosophy.

“I must say at the start that 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

“Both engrossing and challenging, the papers present to the reader an opportunity to examine in depth the significance of the human physique. . . . A thought provoking book.” –Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling

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Table of Contents


Preface Mike Featherstone, Mike Hepworth and Bryan S Turner
Recent Developments in the Theory of the Body Bryan S Turner
Bringing Bodies Back In Arthur Frank
On Human Beings and Their Emotions: a Process-Sociological Essay Norbert Elias
On the Civilizing of Appetite Stephen Mennell
The Discourse of Diet Bryan S Turner
The Body in Consumer Culture Mike Featherstone
The Midlifestyle of `George and Lynne’ Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
Martial Arts as a Resource for Liberal Education: The Case of Aikido Donald N Levine
Bio-politics and Social Policy: Foucault’s Account of Welfare Martin Hewitt
Genealogy and The Body: Foucault/Deleuze/Nietzsche Scott Lash
The Art of The Body in The Discourse of Postmodernity Roy Boyne
Love’s Labour Lost? A Sociological View Margareta Bertilsson
Biographical Boundaries: Sociology and Marilyn Monroe Graham McCann
Carmen – or The Invention of a New Feminine Myth Dick Pels and Aya Crebas
The Mask of Ageing Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth
Sociological Discourse and The Body J M Berthelot


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Other Books by the Author 

Other books by this author:

Consumer Culture and Postmodernism, 2nd Edition (2007)

Automobilities (2005)

Body Modification (2000)

Spaces of Culture (1999)

Love and Eroticism (1999)

Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk (1996)

Undoing Culture (1995)

Global Modernities (1995)

Global Culture (1990)

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