The Body: Critical Concepts in Sociology, Volume 1

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Psychology Press, Aug 28, 2003 - Social Science - 2888 pages
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This collection offers a uniquely comprehensive guide to the sociology of the body. With a strong historical scope and conceptual framework, it provides an indispensable reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a robust source for scholars working in the area. The central focus is on understanding sociology through the body; what is often described as re-reading sociology in a 'more corporeal light'. This is an interdisciplinary process, drawing on history, feminism, cultural history, art history, anthropology, social psychology, philosophy, medical sociology and media and communications, as well as sociology. While this has been primarily a Western practice, The Body seeks to broaden the perspective to include references that draw on alternative cultural assumptions, beliefs and practices (including Japan, and South America.)
 

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Contents

Biological and cultural contributions to body and facial movement
10
Techniques of the body
50
a dialectic
70
Medicine and paradigms of embodiment
84
The body Japanese style
97
Stigma and social identity
116
reflections on a past
164
women the workplace and negotiations of
189
dynamics of shame and pride
246
Pregnaney labor and body image in the United States
262
control release and the social body
275
the conversion of real pain into
309
a sociological approach
348
The double standard of aging
370
The mask of ageing and the postmodern life course
389
some sociological problems
405

a phenomenology of feminine body
208
Mens bodies
227
the sequestration of
438
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About the author (2003)

Mike Hepworth is Reader in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out extensive research into images of ageing (visual and literary) and has published widely in this field. He is a member of the British Society of Gerontology, Age Concern Scotland and the Association for Education and Ageing and a founder editor of Theory, Culture and Society and Body of Society.

Holmes is a professional dog trainer, well-known for film and television work.

Alexandra Howson Lecturer in Sociology, University of Abertay, Dundee

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