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.


Definition There are several definitions of discourse, the most prominent of which relate to semiotics (Saussure) and to linguistics (Peirce). In its broadest sense, discourse relates to the flow of language between speakers. In the more specialized sense widely used in sociological research, discourse relates to the nature of the meaning and production of knowledges as they are created in and constructed through language.

Discourse in the latter sense is intimately related to post-structuralism, a wave of theorization that grew in strength in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Post-structuralists, like Roland Barthes, took as a basis the theories of Ferdinand Saussure and used language to explore the disconnection between the materiality (reality) of objects in the world and the symbolic representation of those objects. ...

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