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.

Afterword: Embodiment, Identity and Theory

Afterword: Embodiment, identity and theory

The first edition of The Body and Social Theory sought to develop the then incipient field of ‘body studies’ by mapping out the sociological parameters of this area, and by developing a broad analytical approach that took seriously the materiality of human embodiment as an emergent phenomenon possessed of its own properties, qualities and capacities. These socio-natural properties are subject to change as a consequence of the interactions that take place over time between, and the connections established by, humans and their environment, but their existence warns us against any attempt to explain our embodied being on the basis of static, reductionist notions of ‘biology’ or ‘society’. In this Afterword I revisit recent developments in body ...

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