The Social Body : Habit, Identity and Desire, Paperback / softback Book

The Social Body : Habit, Identity and Desire Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
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  • Category: Cultural studies
  • ISBN: 9780761966401

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