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The concept of embodiment perceives human existence as the interweaving of mind, body and society. The body is not just a biological entity but is conceived as fully being part of the human sense of self and an important element in individual and social identity.

The body has until recently been ‘off-limits’ to the social sciences as an area to study and theorize. It is the natural sciences that are commonly accepted as being the only disciplines that can advance any understanding of the human body. In courses that concern health, meditations on the body have been traditionally left to biology and anatomy lessons. Here a particular perspective of the body is presented as being a complex, but ultimately mechanical, entity consisting of related series of ...

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