Critically reviews contemporary social science debates on the body, and draws on theoretical insights from the work of Pierre Boudieu, George Herbert Mead, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Gilbert Ryle.
This book explores both the embodied nature of social life and the social nature of human bodily life. It provides an accessible review of the contemporary social science debates on the body, and develops a coherent new perspective.Nick Crossley critically reviews the literature on mind and body, and also on the body and society. He draws on theoretical insights from the work of Gilbert Ryle, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, George Herbert Mead and Pierre Bourdieu, and shows how the work of these writers overlaps in interesting and important ways which, when combined, provide the basis for a persuasive and robust account of human embodiment.The Social Body provides a timely review of the theoretical approaches to the sociology of the body. It offers new insights, and a coherent new perspective on the body.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 (7)
Mind-Body Dualism: Investigating Descartes' 8 (14)
All in the Brain? A Popular False Start 22 (16)
Beyond Dualism: Exorcising Descartes' Ghost 38 (24)
Meaning, Action and Desire: A Preliminary 62 (29)
Sketch of Embodied Agency
Habitus, Capital and Field: Embodiment in 91 (29)
Bourdieu's Theory of Practice
Habit, Incorporation and the Corporeal Schema 120(20)
Reflexive Embodiment: Being, Having and 140(21)
Afterword: Embodied Agency and the Theory of 161(2)