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.

Walking in the British Countryside: Reflexivity, Embodied Practices and Ways to Escape

Walking in the british countryside: Reflexivity, embodied practices and ways to escape

What could be more natural than a stroll in the countryside? The air is fresh, the body realizes its sensual capacities as it strains free from the chains of urban living, and our over-socialized identities are revealed as superficial in an epiphany of self-realization. In the past two centuries, walking has shifted from central mode of transport to leisure activity. According to the Department of Transport, it is now the most popular physical activity undertaken for pleasure, and one which is apparently increasing – in 1996, 68 percent of Britons partook, an increase of 8 percent in a decade (HMSO, 1998: 16). ...

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