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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on t
Chapter 33: The Embodied Foundations of Social Theory
The Embodied Foundations of Social Theory
It is something of an irony that ‘the body’ has become an established, highly popular object of study in the social sciences since the 1980s. Issues central to the embodied constituents of agency and interaction, and the bodily referents of social structures, were evident in the origins of Western thought and maintained their place in the modern development of social theory (Snell,  1960). Earlier in the twentieth century, for example, the corporeal foundations of human agency had been examined by Marcel Mauss ( 1973) in his analysis of ‘techniques of the body’, while Maurice Merleau-Ponty's (1962) phenomenology suggested our bodies provide us with our ‘opening onto’, our ‘vehicle of being in’ and our ...