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.

Still Life in Nearly Present Time: The Object of Nature

Still Life in Nearly Present Time: The Object of Nature

Still life in nearly present time: The object of nature

If winds, currents, glaciers, volcanoes, etc., carry subtle messages that are so difficult to read that it takes us absolutely ages trying to decipher them, wouldn't it be appropriate to call them intelligent? How would it be if it turned out that we were only the slowest and least intelligent beings in the world? (Serres, 1995: 30)

It is not enough to say the subject is constituted in a symbolic system. … It is [also] constructed in real practices. (Foucault, 1984: 369)

… what happens if the haif-second delay is set, not in a super-sensible domain, but in the corpo-realisation of culture and the culturalisation of corporeality? (Connolly, ...

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