By Bryan S Turner

ISBN-10: 1412929873

ISBN-13: 9781412929875

This can be a totally revised version of a e-book which may relatively declare to have re-opened the sociology of the physique as a valid region of enquiry. The ebook presents an unprecedented advisor to all elements of the sociology of the physique. each one bankruptcy has been revised and up-to-date and the booklet comprises new fabric that displays adjustments within the box because the final version. particularly, Turner's constructing place at the centrality of vulnerability. guaranteed and cutting edge, this publication presents the main authoritative assertion of labor at the sociology of the physique through what many specialists regard to be the best author within the box.

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It is a absolutely revised version of a publication which may particularly declare to have re-opened the sociology of the physique as a valid quarter of enquiry. The e-book presents an unheard of advisor to all facets of the sociology of the physique. each one bankruptcy has been revised and up to date and the ebook includes new fabric that displays alterations within the box because the final variation.

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The Western tradition of the body has been 37 The Body and Society conventionally shaped by Hellenized Christianity, for which the body was the seat of unreason, passion and desire. The contrast in philosophy between mind and body is in Christianity the opposition between spirit and flesh. The flesh was the symbol of moral corruption which threatened the order of the world; the flesh had to be subdued by disciplines, especially by the regimen of diet and abstinence (Turner, 1982a; 1982b). The body in Greek thought had been the focus of the struggle between form and desire (between Apollo and Dionysus).

The differentiation of bodies by sex is increasingly irrelevant to these three conditions. 32 2 Sociology and the Body Absent Bodies Contemporary sociology has little to say about the most obvious fact of human existence, namely that human beings have, and to some extent are, bodies. There exists a theoretical prudery with respect to human corporality which constitutes an analytical gap at the core of sociological enquiry. The collective phenomena of births, ageing and mortality have become the academic monopoly of historical and mathematical demography, where the moral and social significance of these events is subdued in favour of exact calculation.

The hegemonic control of capitalism over desires and needs is exhibited in the situation that capitalism can survive and tolerate individual deviance and social pluralism; the tolerance of capitalism is oppressive. However, if capitalism can survive successfully in a context of widespread sexual permissiveness and personal freedom in the marketplace of commodities, then it is reasonable to conclude that capitalism does not require massive ideological supports. It operates through political, economic and legal regulation of the population.

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