Body Problems: Running and Living Long in Fast-food Society

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Routledge, 2011 - Social Science - 71 pages
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This book addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food society. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses the dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories but lead lifestyles and have jobs that for the most part do not enable us to expend those calories. He proposes solutions, both individual and structural, that involve re-orienting ourselves to exercise as play. The book can be used in introductory sociology, social problems, work, sociology of sport, gender, health and illness.

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Contents

Descartes Henry Ford Corn Syrup Highways
1
II Too Much of a Good Thing and The Invention of Exercise
9
III Body Sciences
17
IV Body Industries
27
V Beyond Body Work
36
Toward Slowmodernity
52
References
57
GlossaryIndex
60
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Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities and directs the Center for Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. Having received his higher education in Canada (BA and MA, York University, and PhD, University of Toronto), he does interdisciplinary work in critical social theory, media/cultural studies, and body sociology. He edits the journal Fast Capitalism (www.fastcapitalism.com), and his most recent book is The Sixties at 40.

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