Reflexive Embodiment In Contemporary Society

Author: Crossley, Nick
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335216978
Release Date: 2006-09-01
Genre: Social Science

In this book, Nick Crossley considers the ways in which we modify and maintain our bodies, from brushing our teeth and washing our faces through to tattooing and bodybuilding.

Cultural Change And Ordinary Life

Author: Longhurst, Brian
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 9780335221875
Release Date: 2007-09-01
Genre: Social Science

How important are the media? How is culture changing? How is ordinary life being transformed? How do we belong? This ground-breaking book offers a new approach to the understanding of everyday life, the media and cultural change. It explores the social pattern of ordinary life in the context of recent theories and accounts of social and cultural change. Brian Longhurst argues that our social and cultural lives are becoming increasingly audienced and performed and that activities in everyday life are changing due to the ever-growing importance and salience of the media. These changes involve people forging new ways of belonging, where among other things they seek to distinguish themselves from others. InCultural Change and Ordinary Life, Longhurst evaluates changes in the media and ordinary life in the context of large-scale cultural change, especially with respect to globalization and hybridisation, fragmentation, spectacle and performance, and enthusing or fan-like activities. He makes the case that analysis of the media has to be brought into a more thorough dialogue with other forms of research that have looked at social processes. Cultural Change and Ordinary Lifeis key reading for students and researchers of sociology, media studies, cultural studies and mass communication.

Acquaintances The Space Between Intimates And Strangers

Author: Morgan, David
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 9780335221608
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Social Science

As society becomes more and more fragmented, we are building more complex networks of second level associations. Although these are important social networks, they all remain relatively impersonal and non-permanent. This book looks at such non-intimate interpersonal relationships such as neighbours and work colleagues.

Reflexions in the Flesh

Author: Nick Crossley
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 0335216986
Release Date: 2006-09-01
Genre: Social Science

In this book, Nick Crossley explores the concept of reflexive embodiment how we, as embodied beings, reflect upon our own embodiment. He considers the ways in which we modify and maintain our bodies, from brushing our teeth and washing our faces through to tattooing and bodybuilding. Some forms of 'body work' are demanded by social conventions; others represent legitimate choices, and others still deviate from or resist the norm. He argues that a proper understanding of reflexive embodiment must be alert to these differences, and that we must appreciate that our bodies are not passive or inert substances that we can mould as we like. They change in ways that we do not intend and of which we are not aware, and they may prove difficult to change in the ways we do intend. Many theorists in sociology offer perspectives on the link between society and body modification, mostly focused in one way or another upon 'modernity'. Reflexive Embodiment in Contemporary Society reviews this literature, evaluates competing claims and suggests an alternative approach. Nick Crossley contends that existing perspectives are very selective in the range of modification practices they focus upon and in their conception of both modernity and its effects upon the body. While various theories identify clusters of modification practices and link them to aspects of modernity, there has been no systematic attempt to combine these partial accounts into a coherent vision. This book provides such a vision and offers a major contribution to the sociology of the body.

Society and Culture

Author: Bryan S Turner
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761970495
Release Date: 2001-06-04
Genre: Social Science

Society and Culture reclaims the classical heritage, provides a clear-eyed assessment of the promise of sociology in the 21st century and asks whether the `cultural turn' has made the study of society redundant. Sociologists have objected to the rise of cultural studies on the grounds that it produces cultural relativism and lacks a stable research agenda. This book looks at these criticisms and illustrates the relevance of a sociological perspective in the analysis of human practice. The book argues that the classical tradition must be treated as a living tradition, rather than a period piece. It analyzes the fundamental principles of belonging and conflict in society and provides a detailed critical survey of the p

Ageing The Body and Social Change

Author: Emmanuelle Tulle
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230517595
Release Date: 2008-08-15
Genre: Social Science

This book explores the relationship between embodiment and the production of the key structures which frame agency to map out potential for social change. It uses modalities of ageing embodiment in the context of sport participation in later life, specifically Master athletics, including barriers, opportunities and physiological dimensions.

Structure Agency and the Internal Conversation

Author: Margaret Scotford Archer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521535972
Release Date: 2003-08-28
Genre: Philosophy

Explores the relationship between structure and agency through human reflexivity and the internal conversation.

Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall
ISBN: STANFORD:36105114608180
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Sociology

CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

21st Century Sociology A Reference Handbook

Author: Clifton D. Bryant
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN: 1412916089
Release Date: 2006-11-17
Genre: Social Science

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook provides a concise forum through which the vast array of knowledge accumulated, particularly during the past three decades, can be organized into a single definitive resource. The two volumes of this Reference Handbook focus on the corpus of knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as document the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.

Contemporary New Age Transformation in Taiwan

Author: Shuquan Chen
ISBN: UOM:39015079336445
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Social Science

The first comprehensive analysis in English ofthe social dimension ofTawian's New Age movements, this work employs a qualitative approach to test the ideas that underlie many sociological accounts of New Age phenomena and late modernity, for the purpose of explaining the movement's distinctive path of development.

Re forming the body

Author: Philip A. Mellor
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: 0803977220
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Social Science

Through an analysis of successive reformations of the body, this innovative and penetrating book constructs a fascinating and wide-ranging account of how the creation and evolution of different patterns of human community are intimately related to the somatic experience of the sacred. The book places the relationship between embodiment and the sacred at the crux of social theory and casts a fresh light on the emergence and transformation of modernity. It critically examines the thesis that the rational projects of modern embodiment have died and gone to cyberspace and suggests that we are witnessing the rise of a virulent, effervescent form of the sacred that is changing how people see and keep in touch with the world around them. Grounded in classical and contemporary theory, Re-Forming the Body makes a seminal contribution to understanding the relationship between the sacred and profane: the world of religious and moral sentiment and the world of the body. It will be essential reading for graduates, postgraduates, and advanced undergraduates in sociology and social theory, the body, religious studies, cultural studies, and related areas.

Wandel der Intimit t

Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783105610855
Release Date: 2016-04-15
Genre: Social Science

Seit der »sexuellen Revolution« der siebziger Jahre ist das Thema Sexualität in aller Munde. Der Feminismus und das Coming-Out der Homosexuellen haben die tradierten Geschlechterrollen ebenso in Frage gestellt wie die sexuelle Moral. Trotzdem gelten Sex, Liebe und Erotik immer noch als ausschließlich private Bereiche. Der Wandel der Intimität, so zeigt Giddens, betrifft aber ebenso wie unsere ganz persönlichen Beziehungskrisen die Demokratie unserer modernen Gesellschaften. Dieser Wandel geht nicht etwa, wie Konservative behaupten, in die Richtung immer größerer Permissivität und ungehemmten Sex mit möglichst vielen Partnern. Vielmehr entwickeln sich unsere Liebesbeziehungen, Freundschaften und Eltern-Kind-Beziehungen hin zu mehr Partnerschaft und Gegenseitigkeit. »Demokratie«, dafür plädiert Giddens’ umfassende Analyse, ist daher nicht nur eine politische Forderung, sondern ein Schlüsselbegriff für die neue Partnerschaftlichkeit im privaten Leben. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

Beyond the Body

Author: Elizabeth Hallam
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134739523
Release Date: 2005-08-16
Genre: Medical

Beyond the Body presents a new and sophisticated approach to death, dying and bereavement, and the sociology of the body. The authors challenge existing theories that put the body at the centre of identity. They go 'beyond the body' to highlight the persistence of self-identity even when the body itself has been disposed of or is missing. Chapters draw together a wide range of empirical data, including cross-cultural case studies and fieldwork to examine both the management of the corpse and the construction of the 'soul' or 'spirit' by focusing on the work of: *undertakers *embalmers *coroners *clergy *clairvoyants *exorcists *bereavement counsellors.

Handbuch K rpersoziologie

Author: Robert Gugutzer
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783658041366
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Genre: Social Science

Das Handbuch Körpersoziologie verfolgt das Ziel, den grundlegenden Stellenwert des Körpers für soziologisches Denken zu veranschaulichen. Die Körpersoziologie versteht den Körper als bedeutsam für subjektiv sinnhaftes Handeln sowie als eine soziale Tatsache, die hilft, Soziales zu erklären. Der menschliche Körper ist Produzent, Instrument und Effekt des Sozialen. Er ist gesellschaftliches und kulturelles Symbol sowie Agent, Medium und Instrument sozialen Handelns. Soziale Strukturen schreiben sich in den Körper ein, soziale Ordnung wird im körperlichen Handeln und Interagieren hergestellt. Sozialer Wandel wird durch körperliche Empfindungen motiviert und durch körperliche Aktionen gestaltet. Körpersoziologie ist in diesem Sinne als verkörperte Soziologie zu verstehen. Das Handbuch Körpersoziologie dokumentiert das breite Spektrum an körpersoziologischen Perspektiven und Ansätzen und den aktuellen Status Quo der Körpersoziologie. Band 1 präsentiert eine Übersicht zentraler körpersoziologischer Grundbegriffe sowie die Perspektiven einer Vielzahl soziologischer Theorien auf den Körper.