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The Body Social

1st Edition

By Anthony Synnott


320 pages

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In this captivating book Anthony Synnott explores a subject which has been woefully ignored: our bodies. He surveys the history for thinking about the body and the senses, then focuses on specific themes: gender, beauty, the face, hair, touch, smell and sight. He concludes with a review of classical and contemporary theories of the body and the senses. Thinking about the body will never be the same after reading this book.


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