Sociology of the Body: A Reader

Paperback | February 1, 2016

byClaudia Malacrida, Jacqueline Low

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Sociology of the Body: A Reader brings together forty-two essays exploring the multitude of ways in which human bodies shape and are shaped by society. Revised to reflect the current state of the field, this second edition now incorporates an overarching intersectional approach to conceptualizing the body-both in relation to social processes, such as medicalization and reproduction, and social relationships, such as the construction of difference.The volume has therefore been carefully updated and re-organized not only to illuminate how bodies are used, shaped, presented, understood, and managed in society, but also to show how complex interactions of gender, sexuality, nationhood, ability and other social categories work together in thecreation of inequality. This second edition also enhances theoretical and historical foundations of the book, helping students to better comprehend historical continuities and discontinuities of the social treatment and understanding of the body.Detailed, thought-provoking, and altogether current, this collection remains an essential introduction to the theories, issues, and perspectives informing a sociological understanding of the body today.

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Sociology of the Body: A Reader brings together forty-two essays exploring the multitude of ways in which human bodies shape and are shaped by society. Revised to reflect the current state of the field, this second edition now incorporates an overarching intersectional approach to conceptualizing the body-both in relation to social pr...

Claudia Malacrida is a professor in and chair of the Department of Sociology at Lethbridge University. Jacqueline Low is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Tracing the Body in Classical and Contemporary TheoryPart I: Sociological Understandings of the Body1. Michel Foucault: Docile Bodies from Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (NEW)2. Sandra Lee Bartky: Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power3. C. Shilling: The Body and Physical Capital (NEW)4. Bryan Turner: Bodily Order (NEW)5. Erving Goffman: 'Introduction' from The Presentation of Self in Everyday LifePart II: Bodies in Historical Context6. Anthony Synnott: Body: Tomb, Temple, Machine, and Self7. Norbert Elias: From The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners8. Sander L. Gilman: The Hottentot and the Prostitute: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality9. Nicole Hahn Rafter: The Anthropological Born Criminal10. Claudia Malacrida: Discipline and Dehumanization in a Total Institution: Institutional Survivors' Descriptions of Time-out RoomsPart III: The Medicalized Body11. Peter Conrad: Continuity: Homosexuality and the Potential for Re-Medicalization (NEW)12. Anne Rogers and David Pilgrim: The Risk of Resistance: Perspectives on the Mass Childhood Immunization Program13. Karen Lane: The Medical Model of the Body as a Site of Risk: A Case Study of Childbirth14. Barbara L. Marshall and Stephen Katz: Forever Functional: Sexual Fitness and the Aging Male BodyPart IV: The Shape/ing of Bodies15. Deborah Lupton: Governing Fat Bodies (NEW)16. Susan Bordo: Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture17. Rosalind Gill, Karen Henwood, and Carl MacLean: Body Projects and the Regulation of Normative Masculinity (NEW)Part V: Bodies and Difference18. Alice Domurat Dreger: 'Introduction' from One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal19. Hilde Zitzelsberger: (In)visibility: Accounts of Embodiment of Women with Physical Disabilities and Differences20. Sherene H. Razack: Gendered Racial Violence and Spatialized Justice: The Murder of Pamela GeorgePart VI: Sexual Bodies21. Cheryl Chase: Hermaphrodites with Attitude: Mapping the Emergence of Intersex Political Activism22. Thomas J. Gerschick and Adam S. Miller: Coming to Terms: Masculinity and Physical Disability23. Amy M. Russell: Embodiment and Abjection: Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation (NEW)Part VII: Reproductive Bodies24. Emily Martin: The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles25. Elizabeth Graham and Jacqueline Low: Bodies Out of Time: Women's Reproductive Firsts26. Erik Parens and Adrienne Asch: Disability Rights Critique of Prenatal Genetic Testing: Reflections and Recommendations (NEW)Part VIII: Bodies Across the Lifespan27. Karin A. Martin: Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools28. Meika Loe and Leigh Cuttino: Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Students (NEW)29. Joy Webster Barbre: Meno-boomers and Moral Guardians: An Exploration of the Cultural Construction of Menopause30. Julia Lawton: Contemporary Hospice Care: The Sequestration of the Unbounded Body and 'Dirty Dying'Part IX: Working Bodies31. Fredrick Engels: From The Condition of the Working Class in England32. Nikolas Rose: The Contented Worker33. Jennifer K. Wesely: Exotic Dancing and the Negotiation of Identity: The Multiple Uses of Body TechnologiesPart X: Sporting Bodies34. Dale C. Spencer: Habit(us), Body Techniques, and Body Callusing: An Ethnography of Mixed Martial Arts (NEW)35. Michael Gard and Harley Fitzgerald: Tackling Murderball: Masculinity, Disability, and the Big Screen (NEW)36. Brett St. Louis: Sport, Genetics, and the "Natural Athlete": The Resurgence of Racial SciencePart XI: Bodily Representation/Media and the Body37. Shari L. Dworkin and Faye Linda Wachs: 'Getting your Body Back': Postindustrial Fit Motherhood in Shape Fit Magazine (NEW)38. Sarah Neal: Feared and Revered: Media Representations of Racialized and Gendered Bodies - A Case Study39. Lee F. Monaghan: Big Handsome Men, Bears, and Others: Virtual Constructions of 'Fat Male Embodiment'Part XII: The Body as Project40. Mike Featherstone: The Body in Consumer Culture (NEW)41. Rose Weitz: Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power through Resistance and Accommodation42. Michael Atkinson: Tattooing and Civilizing Processes: Body Modification as Self-control (NEW)GlossaryCredits