This book explores both the embodied nature of social life and the social nature of human bodily life. It provides an accessible review of the contemporary social science debates on the body, and develops a coherent new perspective. Nick Crossley critically reviews the literature on mind and body, and also on the body and society. He draws on theoretical insights from the work of Gilbert Ryle, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, George Herbert Mead and Pierre Bourdieu, and shows how the work of these writers overlaps in interesting and important ways which, when combined, provide the basis for a persuasive and robust account of human embodiment. The Social Body provides a timely review of the theoretical approach

Mind–Body Dualism: Investigating Descartes' Ghost

Mind–body dualism: Investigating descartes' ghost

There is no need to conceive of a soul separated from its body maintaining in some ideal milieu a dreamy and solitary existence. The soul is in the world and its life is involved with the life of things…

Durkheim Individual and Collective Representations

The aim of this chapter is to clear the way for an embodied sociology through a detailed examination of mind–body dualism. I offer an exposition and critique of the dualist position, as outlined by Descartes (1596–1650), in 1641, in his Meditations; or to give them their full title, Meditations on the first philosophy in which the existence of God and the real distinction between the soul and the body of man are demonstrated (Descartes ...

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