Unrivalled in its clarity and coverage, this sparkling new edition of Chris Shilling's classic text is a masterful account of the emergence and development of body matters in sociology and related disciplines.
A timely, well reasoned response to current concerns and controversies across the globe, it provides chapter-by-chapter coverage of the major theories, approaches and studies conducted in the field. Each chapter has been revised and updated, with new discussions of ‘action network theory’, bodywork, pragmatism, the global resurgence of religious identities, ‘new genetics’, biological citizenship, and figurations of the living and dead.
Packed full of critical analysis and relevant empirical studies the book engages with the major classical and contemporary theories within body studies including the: Naturalistic; Constructionist; Structuralist; Realist; Interactionist; Feminist; Phenomenological
Original, logical and indispensible, this is a must-have title for students and researchers engaged with the study of the body.
The Body, Self-Identity and Death: Figurations of Life and Death
This chapter explores the relationship between the body, self-identity and death; a subject key to one of the original aims of this book. If the confrontation with mortality has assumed growing importance for individuals preoccupied increasingly with their bodies as markers of self-identity, the subject of death also challenges what can be seen as sociology's one-sided concern with life. When I wrote the first edition of this book, it was possible to conclude that body studies shared this one-sidedness by addressing only rarely the demise and death of the embodied individual. Since then, there has been a growth in the sociology of death and dying that ...