This book addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food society. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses the dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories but lead lifestyles and have jobs that for the most part do not enable us to expend those calories. He proposes solutions, both individual and structural, that involve re-orienting ourselves to exercise as play. The book can be used in introductory sociology, social problems, work, sociology of sport, gender, health and illness.
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Table of Contents
1. There was no Body Problem until Modernity: Descartes, Henry Ford, Corn Syrup, Highways 2. Too Much of a Good Thing, and, The Invention of Exercise 3. Body Sciences 4. Body Industries 5. Beyond Body Work 6. Coda: Toward ‘Slowmodernity’
Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities and directs the Center for Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. Having received his higher education in Canada (BA and MA, York University, and PhD, University of Toronto), he does interdisciplinary work in critical social theory, media/cultural studies, and body sociology. He edits the journal Fast Capitalism (www.fastcapitalism.com), and his most recent book is The Sixties at 40.