The Social Body: Habit, Identity and Desire

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SAGE, 2001 - Philosophy - 170 pages
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This book explores both the embodied nature of social life and the social nature of human bodily life. It provides an accessible review of the contemporary social science debates on the body, and develops a coherent new perspective.

Nick Crossley critically reviews the literature on mind and body, and also on the body and society. He draws on theoretical insights from the work of Gilbert Ryle, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, George Herbert Mead and Pierre Bourdieu, and shows how the work of these writers overlaps in interesting and important ways which, when combined, provide the basis for a persuasive and robust account of human embodiment.

The Social Body provides a timely review of the theoretical approach

 

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Contents

All in the Brain? A Popular False Start
22
Exorcising Descartes Ghost
38
A Preliminary Sketch
62
Embodiment
91
Habit Incorporation and the Corporeal Schema
120
Being Having and Difference
140
Embodied Agency and the Theory of Practice
161
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Nick Crossley Senior Lectuer in Sociology, University of Manchester

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