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Health Beyond the Body-with-Organs
Health: Beyond the Body-with-Organs
Introduction

In this chapter we consider another area that has been conventionally regarded as closely tied to individual human bodies – health and illness. As with the other topics in the middle section of this book (creativity, sexuality and emotions), our intention is to question the ways that sociology has linked health, bodies and the social world. We will use materialist analysis to break with an anthropocentric analysis, and to explore the issues in terms of the flow of affects that link bodies with a multitude of physical, psychological, sociocultural and abstract relations, and the associated affect economies. Once again, we will use the materialist toolkit of concepts and methods to re-think how sociology might engage with health ...

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