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

Habitus, Capital and Field: Embodiment in Bourdieu's Theory of Practice

Habitus, capital and field: Embodiment in bourdieu's theory of practice

In Chapter 7 I will be returning to Merleau-Ponty in an effort to explore and elucidate the nature of human habit and the ‘corporeal schema’. Before doing this, however, I want to open up the issue of habit by way of a reflection upon the work of Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu's theory of practice is, in my view, the most persuasive and interesting approach in contemporary sociology. It combines philosophical sophistication with thorough empirical engagement and application. Its elegance and parsimony is much needed and very refreshing in an era dominated by the monstrous and often ludicrous theoretical constructions of the various postmodernist cults. More specifically, it ...

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