Sociology of the Body brings together 42 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.
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.
PART I: SOCIOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE BODY; PART II: BODIES IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT; PART III: THE MEDICALIZED BODY; PART IV: THE SHAPE/ING OF BODIES; PART V: BODIES AND DIFFERENCE; PART VI: SEXUAL BODIES; PART VII: REPRODUCTIVE BODIES; PART VIII: BODIES ACROSS THE LIFESPAN; PART IX: WORKING BODIES; PART X: SPORTING BODIES; PART XI: MEDIA, REPRESENTATION, AND THE BODY; PART XII: THE BODY AS PROJECT