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Body Studies: The Basics

1st Edition

By Niall Richardson, Adam Locks


146 pages

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Consideration of the body as a subject for study has increased in recent years with new technologies, forms of modification, debates about obesity and issues of age being brought into focus by the media. Drawing on contemporary culture, Body Studies: The Basics introduces readers to the key concerns and debates surrounding the study of the sociological body, cutting across disciplines to cover topics which include:

  • Nature vs. Culture: how we ‘build’ and transform our bodies
  • Conformity and resistance in bodily practice
  • Issues of body image – beauty, diet, exercise and age
  • Sporting bodies and the pursuit of ideals
  • Enfreakment, disability and monstrosity
  • Cyborgs and virtual online bodies

With further reading signposted throughout, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone studying the body through the lens of sociology, cultural studies, sports studies, media studies and gender studies; and all those with an interest in how the physical body can be a social construct.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Body: Nature or Culture? 2. Resistance or Conformity? 3. Body Image: Beauty. Diet, Exercise & Age(ing) 4. Disability, Enfreakment and Monstrosity 5. Body Modification 6. Cyborgs and the Online Body Bibliography

About the Authors

Niall Richardson is Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex where he convenes the MA Gender and Media. He has written and edited numerous articles and books on issues of the body, including Critical Readings in Bodybuilding (2011) and Transgressive Bodies: Representations in Film and Popular Culture (2010).

Adam Locks is programme co-ordinator for Film and Television Studies and Media and Cultural Studies at University of Chichester. He is co-editor of the book Critical Readings in Bodybuilding (2011).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General