Society and Culture reclaims the classical heritage, provides a clear-eyed assessment of the promise of sociology in the 21st century and asks whether the `cultural turn' has made the study of society redundant. Sociologists have objected to the rise of cultural studies on the grounds that it produces cultural relativism and lacks a stable research agenda. This book looks at these criticisms and illustrates the relevance of a sociological perspective in the analysis of human practice. The book argues that the classical tradition must be treated as a living tradition, rather than a period piece. It analyzes the fundamental principles of belonging and conflict in society and provides a detailed critical survey of the p
Chapter 1: Discipline
Our purpose in this book is to give a general account of sociology that places the embodiment of human beings at the centre of social theory. Although there has been a considerable amount written on the body in the last twenty years, the importance of the issue of embodiment is still often obscured or misunderstood in the literature. A focus on human embodiment leads, through an understanding of human sensuousness and vulnerability, to a defence of universalistic human rights and thus, to a critical social theory. By defending a foundational theory of the human body, we attempt to furnish sociology with a powerful perspective on our humanity and on human rights.
Our argument is obviously influenced by Martin Heidegger's thought on care, being and his ...