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 For the purposes of discussing violence in relation to the body in society, the term is understood to comprehend human actions that involve physical and/or psychological assault upon others, perpetrated in local, national or global contexts. Violence can occur at many different levels. It can be inflicted in private or in public, by individuals for individual reasons or by individuals, groups or states for socio-political reasons (see also Pain, Private and Public). Massed violence can be found in wars at any level, in police actions, and in popular uprisings such as revolutions. That is, violence may come from above, or below.

In Western cultures, violence at a personal level is frequently connected with biological, psychological and/or moral failings on the part of the individual ...

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