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 Phenomenology is a branch of philosophy, originating with Husserl and expanded by Heidegger, that explains knowledge about the world as based in lived experience, that is, in terms of sensory perception in the moment. In phenomenology, the mind is not privileged over the body as in dualism. Rather, the fact of the body in the world is a prerequisite for any perception and the world is understood to be always simultaneously perceived through the bodily senses and the mind. It is, therefore, an embodied philosophy and has direct applications for the interpretation of the body in society.

Phenomenology in philosophy raises questions about identity (self/subject and the world/object) at the same time as it explains how knowledge is formed about the world (ontology). It ...

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