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 Technology in the popular sense refers to the increasingly complex kinds of machinery that we encounter and use in our everyday lives. These may supplement or become a part of the human body (Cyborgs). In the sociological sense, technology also encompasses forms of productive ‘technique’ that may be more directly embodied, in the use of hand tools that have their origins in the earliest social formations. In both senses these are the outcomes of social processes that have direct effects on the human body.

Archaeological evidence shows that tool use was prevalent amongst the earliest humans: spears and axes extended the capacities of our bodies and, along with fire, allowed us to manipulate and affect the world around us. So, far from being an alien ...

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