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Sociology of the Body

A Reader

Second Edition

Claudia Malacrida and Jacqueline Low

Publication Date - 28 April 2016

ISBN: 9780199019236

368 pages
8.9 x 6.0 inches

In Stock

Brings together forty-two essays exploring the multitude of ways in which human bodies shape and are shaped by society


Sociology of the Body brings together forty-two classic and contemporary essays exploring the multitude of ways in which human bodies shape and are shaped by society. Employing an overarching intersectional approach, Claudia Malacrida and Jacqueline Low draw insightful connections among the diverse readings, revealing how different social constructs and relationships combine to influence how bodies are used, represented, understood, and managed. With an array of new readings and added coverage of the latest research and perspectives throughout, the second edition offers a thorough, up-to-date introduction to the sociological study of the human body.

About the Author(s)

Claudia Malacrida is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge.

Jacqueline Low is Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Tracing the Body in Classical and Contemporary Theory
    Part I: Sociological Understandings of the Body
    1. "Docile Bodies" from Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (NEW), Michel Foucault
    2. Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power, Sandra Lee Bartky
    3. "The Body and Physical Capital" from The Body and Social Theory (NEW), C. Shilling Shilling
    4. Bodily Order (NEW), Bryan Turner
    5. "Introduction"- from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman
    Part II: Bodies in Historical Context
    6. Body: Tomb, Temple, Machine, and Self, Anthony Synnott
    7. From The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners, Norbert Elias
    8. The Hottentot and the Prostitute: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality, Sander L. Gilman
    9. The Anthropological Born Criminal, Nicole Hahn Rafter
    10. Discipline and Dehumanization in a Total Institution: Institutional Survivors' Descriptions of Time-Out Rooms, Claudia Malacrida
    Part III: The Medicalized Body
    11. Continuity: Homosexuality and the Potential for Remedicalization (NEW), Peter Conrad
    12. The Risk of Resistance: Perspectives on the Mass Childhood Immunization Program, Anne Rogers and David Pilgrim
    13. The Medical Model of the Body as a Site of Risk: A Case Study of Childbirth, Karen Lane
    14. Forever Functional: Sexual Fitness and the Aging Male Body, Barbara L. Marshall and Stephen Katz
    Part IV: The Shape/ing of Bodies
    15. "Governing Fat Bodies" from Fat (NEW), Deborah Lupton
    16. Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture, Susan Bordo
    17. Body Projects and the Regulation of Normative Masculinity (NEW), Rosalind Gill, Karen Henwood, and Carl MacLean
    Part V: Bodies and Difference
    18. "Introduction"- from One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal, Alice Domurat Dreger
    19. (In)visibility: Accounts of Embodiment of Women with Physical Disabilities and Differences, Hilde Zitzelsberger
    20. Gendered Racial Violence and Spatialized Justice: The Murder of Pamela George, Sherene H. Razack
    Part VI: Sexual Bodies
    21. Hermaphrodites with Attitude: Mapping the Emergence of Intersex Political Activism, Cheryl Chase
    22. Coming to Terms: Masculinity and Physical Disability, Thomas J. Gerschick and Adam S. Miller
    23. Embodiment and Abjection: Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation (NEW), Amy M. Russell
    Part VII: Reproductive Bodies
    24. The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles, Emily Martin
    25. Bodies Out of Time: Women's Reproductive Firsts, Elizabeth Graham and Jacqueline Low
    26. Disability Rights Critique of Prenatal Genetic Testing: Reflections and Recommendations (NEW), Erik Parens and Adrienne Asch
    Part VIII: Bodies across the Lifespan
    27. Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools, Karin A. Martin
    28. Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Students (NEW), Meika Loe and Leigh Cuttino
    29. Meno-boomers and Moral Guardians: An Exploration of the Cultural Construction of Menopause, Joy Webster Barbre
    30. Contemporary Hospice Care: The Sequestration of the Unbounded Body and "Dirty Dying", Julia Lawton
    Part IX: Working Bodies
    31. From The Condition of the Working Class in England, Friedrich Engels
    32. The Contented Worker, Nikolas Rose
    33. Exotic Dancing and the Negotiation of Identity: The Multiple Uses of Body Technologies, Jennifer K. Wesely
    Part X: Sporting Bodies
    34. Habit(us), Body Techniques- and Body Callusing: An Ethnography of Mixed Martial Arts (NEW), Dale C. Spencer
    35. Tackling Murderball: Masculinity, Disability, and the Big Screen (NEW), Michael Gard and Harley Fitzgerald
    36. Sport, Genetics, and the "Natural Athlete": The Resurgence of Racial Science, Brett St. Louis
    Part XI: Media, Representation, and the Body
    37. "Getting Your Body Back": Postindustrial Fit Motherhood in Shape Fit Pregnancy Magazine (NEW), Shari L. Dworkin and Faye Linda Wachs
    38. Feared and Revered: Media Representations of Racialized and Gendered Bodies - A Case Study, Sarah Neal
    39. Big Handsome Men, Bears, and Others: Virtual Constructions of "Fat Male Embodiment", Lee F. Monaghan
    Part XII: The Body as Project
    40. The Body in Consumer Culture (NEW), Mike Featherstone
    41. Women and Their Hair: Seeking Power through Resistance and Accommodation, Rose Weitz
    42. Tattooing and Civilizing Processes: Body Modification as Self-Control (NEW), Michael Atkinson

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