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Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory 3ed

by Bryan S Turner SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
04/2008
ISBN:
9781412929875
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Pbk 296 pages
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This is a fully revised edition of a book that may fairly claim to have re-opened the sociology of the body as a legitimate area of enquiry. The book provides an unparalleled guide to all aspects of the sociology of the body. Each chapter has been revised and updated and the book contains new material that reflects changes in the field since the last edition. In particular, Turner's developing position on the centrality of vulnerability.

Assured and innovative, this book provides the most authoritative statement of work on the sociology of the body by what many experts regard to be the leading writer in the field.

“A work of rediscovery and re-evaluation, written in luminous, heart-stopping prose.”
The Australian 8/23/2008

'Bryan Turner has revolutionised the way in which we think about ourselves and our bodies. This edition of his book demonstrates further intellectual growth and development; innovative ideas inform an already classic understanding. The human body is the very material of our lives; this book allows us to deepen our knowledge of the meanings of the body in the twenty first century and offers a definitive and emancipatory account of the possibilities (both negative and positive) with which we are presented and which we construct for ourselves' - Mary Evans, University of Kent

CONTENTS:
Introduction to the Third Edition
The Mode of Desire
Sociology and the Body
The Body and Religion
Bodily Order
Eve's Body
The End of Patriarchy?
The Disciplines
Government of the Body
Disease and Disorder
Ontology of Difference
Bodies in Motion
The Body and Boredom
Epilogue
Vulnerability and Values

The Body And Society is now better than ever. … Turner bridges the organic and cultural with his philosophical and theological aspirations: the result is a penetrating analysis of society's blend of bodies - from erotic to famished bodies, labouring to desiring bodiesAnthony Elliott
Flinders University




Bryan Turner has revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves and our bodies. This edition … demonstrates further intellectual growth and development; innovative ideas inform an already classic understanding. The human body is the very material of our lives; this book allows us to deepen our knowledge of the meanings of the body in the twenty-first century and offers a definitive and emancipatory account of the possibilities (both negative and positive) with which we are presented and which we construct for ourselvesMary Evans
London School of Economics

Formerly at Deakin University.