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 Nature and culture are two interconnected ways of understanding and describing the world that are as old as the stories human beings tell about themselves. They form a pair of binary opposites, that is, opposite terms that cannot be dissociated conceptually because the definition of each depends on the existence of the other. Nature refers to what has yet to be cultivated or civilized and culture is the means of taming or bringing nature under control (see also Civilizing Processes). Nature is associated with the natural (non-human/yet-to-be-human) world and culture with human traits, activities and knowledges.

Over the past 30 years or so, culture has increasingly come to define the different social structures and networks that characterize given groups of people or by which ...

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