Thoroughly updated and revised throughout with a brand new conclusion, featuring essay and classroom questions for classroom use, The Body: Key Concepts, Second Edition, presents a concise and up to date introduction to, and analysis of, the complex and influential debates around the body in contemporary culture. Lisa Blackman outlines and illuminates those debates which have made the body central to current sociological, psychological, cultural and feminist thinking. Since body studies hit the mainstream, it has grown in new regions, including China, and moved in new directions to incorporate new understandings of the effect of technology used on and through the body, as well as new ideas of identity fluidity. Lisa Blackman guides the reader through socio-cultural questions around representation, performance, class, race, gender, and sexuality to examine how current thinking about the body has developed and been transformed. Blackman also newly engages with recent anthropological thought and theorists, including Tim Ingold, Marilyn Strathern, and Emily Martin to present an overview of the proliferation of body studies into other disciplines, including media and cultural studies, philosophy, and gender studies as well as anthropology.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: THINKING THROUGH THE BODY
1. BODILY MATTERS
2. AFFECTIVE BODIES
3. BODIES AND DIFFERENCE
4. LIVED BODIES
5. BODILY ASSEMBLAGES
CONCLUDING CHAPTER: INDETERMINATE BODIES
Lisa Blackman is Professor of and Co-Head in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University in London, UK.