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Routledge Handbook of Body Studies

Edited by: Bryan S. Turner

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  July  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415593557
eBook ISBN: 9780203842096
Adobe ISBN: 9781136903328

10.4324/9780203842096
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In the last three decades, the human body has gained increasing prominence in contemporary political debates, and it has become a central topic of modern social sciences and humanities. Modern technologies – such as organ transplants, stem-cell research, nanotechnology, cosmetic surgery and cryonics – have changed how we think about the body.

In this collection of thirty original essays by leading figures in the field, these issues are explored across a number of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, including pragmatism, feminism, queer theory, post-modernism, post-humanism, cultural sociology, philosophy and anthropology. A wide range of case studies, which include cosmetics, diet, organ transplants, racial bodies, masculinity and sexuality, eating disorders, religion and the sacred body, and disability, are used to appraise these different perspectives.

In addition, this Handbook explores various epistemological approaches to the basic question: what is a body? It also offers a strongly themed range of chapters on empirical topics that are organized around religion, medicine, gender, technology and consumption. It also contributes to the debate over the globalization of the body: how have military technology, modern medicine, sport and consumption led to this contemporary obsession with matters corporeal?

The Handbook’s clear, direct style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience in the social sciences, particularly for those studying medical sociology, gender studies, sports studies, disability studies, social gerontology, or the sociology of religion. It will serve to consolidate the new field of body studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Simone de Beauvoir and Binaries of the Body Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Pragmatism’s Embodied Philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Norbert Elias and the Body Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Embodied Practice Download PDF
Chapter  5:  My Multiple Sick Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Feminist Theory Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Foucault’s Body Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Layers or Versions? Human Bodies and the Love of Bitterness Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Phenomenology and the Body Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Social Constructionism and the Body Download PDF
Chapter  11:  From Embodied Regulations to Hybrid Ontologies Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Social Brains, Embodiment and Neuro-Interactionism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Relics of Faith Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Body and the Veil Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Recomposing Decimated Bodies  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Death Signals Life Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Beyond the Anorexic Paradigm Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Disability, Impairment and the Body Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Body, Social Inequality and Health Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Health and the Embodiment of the Life Course Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Chinese Male Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Male Bodies, Masculine Bodies, Men’s Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Racialized Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Getting Work Done Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Modified Bodies Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Questions of Life and Death Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Rejecting the Aging Body Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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