The Body and Social Theory

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SAGE Publications, 2003 - Social Science - 238 pages
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Praise for the First Edition:

`Essential to any collection of work on the body, health and illness, or social theory' - Choice

`Sophisticated … and acutely perceptive of the importance of the complex dialectic between social institutions, culture and biological conditions' - Times Higher Education Supplement

`Chris Shilling has done us all a splendid service in bringing together and illustrating the tremendous diversity and richness of sociological thinking on the topic of human embodiment and its implications' - Sociological Review

This updated edition of the bestselling text retains all the strengths of the first edition. Chris Shilling: provides a critical survey of the field; demonstrates how developments in diet, sexuality, reproductive technology, genetic engineering and sports science have made the body a site for social alternatives and individual choices; and elucidates the practical uses of theory in striking and accessible ways.

In addition, new, original material: explores the latest feminist, phenomenological and action-oriented approaches to the body; examines the latest work on `body projects' and the relationship between the body and self-identity; and outlines a compelling theoretical framework that provides a radical basis for the consolidation of body studies.

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About the author (2003)

Chris Shilling is Professor of Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. He has written extensively on the subject of embodiment, and on sociological and social theory, and his publications include "The Body in Culture, Technology & Society" (2005), "The Body in Social Theory" (2nd edition, 2003), "The Sociological Ambition" (co-authored with P.A. Mellor), and "Re-forming the Body" (co-authored with P.A. Mellor). He is currently writing a monograph entitled "Changing Bodies" and is coordinator of the International Body Pedagagics Project.

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