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The body and society : explorations in social theory / Bryan S. Turner

Main Author Turner, Bryan S. Country Reino Unido. Edition 2nd ed Publication London : Sage Publications, 1996 Description XIV, 254 p. ; 24 cm Series Theory, culture & society ISBN 0-8039-8809-5 CDU 316
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Originally published in 1984, The Body and Society flew against prevailing trends which asked sociologists to understand society in terms of abstractions such as structure, class and function. Instead, in a series of dazzling chapters, Bryan S Turner argued that the body should be the axis of sociological analysis.

The Second Edition of this ground-breaking book includes a new introduction which analyzes the social changes which have given a special prominence to the body in contemporary social theory, and develops Turner′s own notion of a `somatic society′, a society within which major political and personal problems are both problematized in the body and expressed through it. Complementing the introduction is a preface whose stress is lyrical and pictorial. Turner reflects on the cover images used in recent work on the body, recognizing that it is often through the history of art that we can dimly grasp the body metaphors which lie, no longer to hand, but at the foundation of thinking and feeling.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Representing the Body as a Pictorial Metaphor
  • Introduction to the Second Edition
  • The Embodiment of Social Theory
  • Introduction to the First Edition
  • Body Paradoxes
  • The Mode of Desire
  • The Body and Religion
  • Bodily Order
  • Patriarchy
  • Eve's Body
  • From Patriarchy to Patrism
  • The Disciplines
  • Government of the Body
  • Disease and Disorder
  • Ontology of Difference
  • Sociology and the Body

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