Body in Society : An Introduction - Howson, Alexandra

Body in Society : An Introduction

Alexandra Howson

Yayınevi: Polity Press

Yayın tarihi: 10/2003

ISBN: 9780745625386

İngilizce | 208 Sayfa |

Tür: Genel Sosyoloji

An introduction to the sociology of the body, this book examines what certain aspects of our bodies, such as the size, shape, smell and demeanor, reveal about the social organization of everyday life and how the body is crucial to the way we engage with the world and the people around us. The human body is endowed with varied forms of social significance and it is this which sociology has addressed, by asking questions such as: To what degree do individuals have control over their own bodies? What interest does the state have in regulating the human body? How significant is the body to the development and performance of the self in everyday life? What images of the body influence people's expectations of themselves and others?
Introducing students to the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks that help us to understand the social significance of the human body, this book uses familiar examples from everyday life, such as diet and exercise regimes, personal hygiene, dress, displays of emotion, and control over bodily functions, coupled with examples from contemporary popular culture.

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