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.

Civilizing Processes
Civilizing processes

Definition Civilizing processes – or manners – are the mechanisms by which a given social formation confers approval on certain codes of behaviour and differentiates them from behaviours that are not approved. Social stratification (Class/Caste) is created and supported by such civilizing processes. The term is most closely associated with the work of Norbert Elias, who connected the progressive systemization of manners with the formation of the social and political systems that characterize nation-states.

Civilizing processes and civilization are vexed and contested terms (see Colonialism/Post-colonialism). They can carry within them assumptions about the worth of particular cultures over and above other cultures, if they are used without due care. Norbert Elias (1897–1990), the social theorist who wrote The Civilizing Process (2000) and with ...

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