The Body and Social Theory
- Chris Shilling - University of Kent, UK
Social Theory | Sociology of Health and Illness | Sociology of the Body
- Sarah Nettleton, University of York
"Lucidly argued and accessibly written, this book avoids the pitfalls of either too much naturalism or too much social constructivism. It is a book with something for everyone, from the classics in social theory on the body to contemporary bodily phenomena like genetics, body modification, and cultural anxieties about death."
- Kathy Davis, Utrecht University
Unrivalled in its clarity and coverage, this sparkling new edition of Chris Shilling's classic text is a masterful account of the emergence and development of body matters in sociology and related disciplines.
A timely, well reasoned response to current concerns and controversies across the globe, it provides chapter-by-chapter coverage of the major theories, approaches and studies conducted in the field. Each chapter has been revised and updated, with new discussions of 'actor-network theory', bodywork, pragmatism, the global resurgence of religious identities, 'new genetics', biological citizenship, neuroscience, and figurations of the living and dead.
Packed full of critical analysis and relevant empirical studies the book engages with the major classical and contemporary theories within body studies including the: naturalistic, interactionist, constructionist, feminist, structuralist, phenomenological, and realist.
Original, logical and indispensable this is a must-have title for students and researchers engaged with the study of the body.
This text examines embodiment and theories of the body in society. It tackles a range of perspectives on the topic and is quite survey-like at times, due to the vast array of theory it aims to include. It would be of interest particularly to postgraduate and doctoral students with a direct focus on its subject matter.
Chris Shilling's books provide a foundation for any Sociology of the Body course.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is, or wishes to study the body and social theory. It is a fantastically written book, which enables key concepts / theories to be easily understood at both undergraduate and post graduate level. Great to have a new edition!
Great to have a new edition - this is essential reading and provides clear, accessible yet original overview of social theory and the body.
An interesting book which will be useful for the module which runs during year 1 of the undergraduate programme. Some of the concepts are particularly relevant for several topics covered on the module. For students who are new to the discipline of sociology this book maybe a little daunting.
Well referenced solid coverage for the PG student.
Great for Level 3 and Postgraduate students, the key text on the body
Supplemental reading for education students.
This is a very useful text and appropriate for the reading level of the students on the module.
a very useful text for those wanting to explore the social theories surrounding the body. This will be useful across health professionals