This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept: Includes an easy to understand definition; Provides real-world examples; Gives suggestions for further reading; Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.


The sociology of the body has, over the past two or three decades, become a recognized disciplinary sub-field within the social sciences. It influences, and is influenced by, parallel work being undertaken not only in other areas of sociology but also in cultural studies, literary studies, anthropology, politics, drama and theatre studies, nursing and allied health studies (to name but a few). This book, like the other publications in the Key Concepts series, is intended to function as a conceptual map, enabling the reader to gain a broad overview of the field, in this case the body in society. That reader is assumed, in the first instance, to be an undergraduate or postgraduate student in any of the disciplines named above. However, the book ...

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