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.

Naked as Nature Intended

Naked as Nature Intended

Naked as nature intended

Naked as Nature Intended

A healthy, brown body beside the blue lake, in the green of the forest, on the mountain-tops: nothing on earth is more splendid. How it shines, how it shimmers against its background, how truly it is the crowning glory of creation! All who have seen it, seen it with their whole souls, know why human beings are not born with clothes on – they know that man is a creature of light. (Zimmermann, 1927, quoted in Szeemann, 1997: 3)

The practices and discourses of the contemporary naturist movements in the West – and those to be uncovered in their histories – are at least in part about articulating a particular embodied relation to nature. While ‘social ...

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