The body has come to provide a central site for theory and debate from social theory to cultural studies. This important volume looks beyond psychologyÆs traditional biological body to explore what insights can be gained from recent theories of embodiment. Taking the body as inscribed by social and disciplinary practices, leading contributors explore a wide range of psychological topics in new and challenging ways. Questions surrounding health, gender, history, and culture are addressed in contexts such as the psychology of pain, the treatment of anorexia nervosa, and psychologyÆs relationship to transgender activists. The Body and Psychology brings cross-disciplinary perspectives to bear on the psychological body and, in the process, succeeds in drawing attention to the many embodied qualities of its subject matter. This book will make compelling reading for students and academics in psychology, sociology, and health and cultural studies.

The Body's Psychology and Psychology's Body: Disciplinary and Extra-Disciplinary Examinations

The body's psychology and psychology's body: Disciplinary and extra-disciplinary examinations

This volume is an invitation to reconstrue psychology as a discipline of bodies. It is an invitation to conceptualize cognition and behavior, perception and development, attitudes and traits as the mere surface or transient manifestations of the body; as the inscriptions, productions, reproductions and other features of the body and embodiment that are commonly taken for the content of the psychologically real subject/object, packaged into disciplinary and sub-disciplinary units to be consumed by students and clients of psychology. The history of this discipline is an object lesson in what can be done when all of the many manifestations of the human body are figured along functional, mechanical, ...

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