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.

Private and Public
Private and public

Definition Private and public are relative terms. At different times in history and in different cultural contexts there may be little in one's life that could be considered private, in the sense of being unavailable to, inaccessible by or hidden from others. In Western societies, privacy has come to be associated with domesticity, interiority and modernity. Public is likewise a historically and socio-culturally dependent term, which implies everything that is not private. It also carries connotations of political activity – of public life, public commentary – and what is available, accessible and open to the scrutiny of others. In relation to the body in society, private and public spheres are contexts in which embodiment takes on specific meaning and is the ...

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