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

Reflexive Embodiment: Being, Having and Difference

Reflexive embodiment: Being, having and difference

The central theme and argument of this book hitherto has been that we are our bodies and that everything we are and do assumes an embodied form. This is an important argument and I do not wish to detract from it in anything that I will go on to argue in this final chapter. It would be inadequate to state simply that we are our bodies, however, if that involves ignoring the significant ways in which we might be said to ‘have’ bodies too. Descartes points us to this aspect of embodiment. He was wrong to differentiate himself, qua mind, from his body; but the fact that he was able to make a case ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles