This book examines the embodied nature of people's experience in, and of, the modern world. It is therefore part of the deep-seated `turn towards the body', which has been such a pronounced feature of sociology in the last two decades. The book argues that bodies in nature are subject to novel, complex and contradictory opportunities of freedom and escape, surveillance and monitoring, and guides readers through the various ways in which these bodily opportunities and constraints are temporally and spatially organized and managed.

Bodies of Nature: Introduction

Bodies of nature: Introduction

… the body comes to life when coping with difficulty. (Sennett, 1994: 310)

This collection has been assembled out of diverse materials that both reflect and hopefully extend the interest in the embodied nature of people's experiences in, and of, the physical world. It thus seeks to develop further the emergent sociology of the body that has provided extensive insight into the embodied character of human experience. But such a sociology has dealt less systematically with the various social practices that are involved in being in, or passing through, nature, the countryside, the outdoors, landscape or wilderness (although see Shilling, 1993: ch. 6, drawing on Bourdieu, 1984).

These practices reflect the apparently enhanced ‘culture of nature’ in many contemporary societies: ...

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