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.

Bodies in the Woods

Bodies in the woods
PhilMacnaghten
JohnUrry

Bodies and Trees

Trees figure strongly in this Body & Society collection concerned with how bodies are in, and of, ‘nature’. Many commentators more generally presume that there is something ‘natural’ about being in the presence of trees, and that certain kinds of tree or arrangements of trees bring one's body into a closer relationship to the natural world. Many writers presume that humans exhibit a general affinity with trees, and that trees culturally signify a universal ‘natural’ message.

But although there is something about trees and bodies that does always seem to effect a passionate liaison, the nature of this liaison varies from society to society. Powerfully different social myths have been woven into the roots and branches of ...

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