The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology. Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book:  • Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism  • Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas  • Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues. Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.

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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