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.

‘Botanizing on the Asphalt’? The Complex Life of Cosmopolitan Bodies

‘Botanizing on the Asphalt’? The Complex Life of Cosmopolitan Bodies

‘Botanizing on the asphalt’? The complex life of cosmopolitan bodies

… the town, in both its development and its form, belongs simultaneously to biological procreation, organic evolution and aesthetic creation. It is at one and the same time an object of nature and a subject of culture; an individual and a group; reality and dream … (Lévi-Strauss, 1975: 124)

… what are the as yet untapped possibilities of complexity? This is the problem which man poses today on this planet. (Morin, 1974: 569)

If we are to believe those conversant with the broad developments of the physical sciences, recent decades have witnessed a significant shift in focus away from systems tending toward stability and simple equilibrium, towards those ...

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