The author argues that the body is not only a biological phenomenon it is also a social creation of immense complexity - not so much a "given" as a social category, with different meanings - composed, imposed and developed in each age and by each individual. The attributes, functions and specific organs of the body and the senses are similarly controversial. The author explores the history of thought about the body and the senses, paying special attention both to different ways of thinking about the body over time, and to the clash of different approaches to the body today. This book aims to contribute to our understanding of how the body is conceptualized and lived. It avoids abstract discussion in favour of a down-to-earth approach to the body. Thus the author examines particular parts of the body: the face and hair; and particular bodily senses: touch, smell, sight. He also provides an up- to-date survey of relevant literature.
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`A valuable pionerring work that makes a significant contribution to the now rapidly growing sociological literature on the body' - Sociological Review
'Synnott shows just how much scholarly attention has been devoted to the body over the past twenty years ... [he] calmly plots a course throuh this material, pruning its excesses, highlighting its essentials and placing it all in the widest context possible.' - New Statesman and Society
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Book Description Routledge, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0415062969