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 Race is a discredited term that, historically, has been used to define peoples as ‘other’ from those doing the defining, on the basis of bodily appearance (skin colour, bone structure) and supposedly common, often pejorative traits (Colonialism/Post-colonialism). Race as a biological category does not exist. However, racism or the persistence of prejudices and discrimination based on the fallacy of race is very real. Ethnicity or ethnic grouping is a concept that refers to the identity of a population on the basis of a shared language, culture and cosmology and spatial location. In contemporary use, it generally refers to a group identity that is not reflected in national boundaries and often implies a tribal or traditional (pre-modern) social formation. Hence, we hear of ethnic-Hmong living ...

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