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.

The Climbing Body, Nature and the Experience of Modernity

The climbing body, nature and the experience of modernity

I wish to speak to the despisers of the body. Let them not learn differently nor teach differently, but only bid farewell to their own bodies – and so become dumb. (Nietzsche, 1969: 61)

What follows is an interpretation, the author's ‘perspective seeing’ as Nietzsche would put it, of the British tradition of adventure rock-climbing. The article forms part of an on-going project on British rock-climbing and modernity, and delineates the possibilities for a sensuous appreciation of both the human body and the physical world. As a distinctive cultural practice of the last 200 years, British rock-climbing provides fertile ground for sociological investigations into such contemporary issues as human ...

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