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.

These Boots Are Made for Walking …: Mundane Technology, the Body and Human-Environment Relations

These boots are made for walking …: Mundane technology, the body and human-environment relations

It is of no great insight to note that recent sociological thought has increasingly become interested in the role of the body and embodiment in social processes (e.g. Shilling, 1993; Synnott, 1993; Turner, 1992, 1996). One dimension of this ‘turn to the body’ is a conceptualization that, in Rose's terms, speaks not of the body per se, but of ‘how a particular body-regime has been produced, the channelling of processes, organs, flows, connections, the alignment of one aspect with another’ (1996: 184). A key intermediary in this process of alignment is technology. Needless to say, the role of ...

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