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Key Concepts in Body and Society

by Kate Cregan SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept:

• Includes an easy to understand definition
• Provides real-world examples
• Gives suggestions for further reading
• Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.

Ageing and Childhood Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity Appearance and Beauty Civilizing Processes Class and Caste Clothing Colonialism/Post-Colonialism Consumption Cyborgs Death and Dying Difference Disability/Ability Discourse Dualism Emotion Feminism Food Gender Genetics Gesture and Habits Habitus Health and Illness Identity Media and Representation Medicine and Science Modification Nature/Culture Pain Performativity Phenomenology Power Private/Public Psychoanalysis Queer Race and Ethnicity Religion Reproduction Sexuality Sport Technology Violence Work Youth Glossary

This book is a great idea. It provides a thorough, accessible and interesting introduction to the most important concepts in the sociology of the body. Students new to this area will find it invaluableDeborah Lupton
University of Sydney

Cregan has achieved something distinct: an account of the sociology of the body which incorporates both theory and empirical studies, which demonstrates excellent coverage of an ever expanding field, and which is written in an accessible style. Most impressive is the fact that, whilst each entry is well researched and can be read in isolation, Cregan has ensured a coherence which means the book also works as a whole. An intelligent treatment and account of the sociology of the body, which I look forward to incorporating into my teachingRob Meadows
University of Surrey

Kate Cregan is the author of Sociology of the Body: Mapping the Abstraction of Embodiment (2006) and The Theatre of the Body: Staging Death and Embodying Life in Early Modern London (2009). Currently, she is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and runs the interdisciplinary Graduate Researchers in Print writing program in the Arts Research Graduate School, Monash University, Melbourne.