Body/Embodiment

Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body

Author: Phillip Vannini

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317173449

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 648

The body and experiences of embodiment have generated a rich and diverse sociological literature. This volume articulates and illustrates one major approach to the sociology of the body: symbolic interactionism, an increasingly prevalent theoretical base of contemporary sociology derived from the pragmatism of writers such as John Dewey, William James, Charles Peirce, Charles Cooley and George Herbert Mead. The authors argue that, from an interactionist perspective, the body is much more than a tangible, corporeal object - it is a vessel of great significance to the individual and society. From this perspective, body, self and social interaction are intimately interrelated and constantly reconfigured. The collection constitutes a unique anthology of empirical research on the body, from health and illness to sexuality, from beauty and imagery to bodily performance in sport and art, and from mediated communication to plastic surgery. The contributions are informed by innovative interactionist theory, offering fresh insights into one of the fastest growing sub-disciplines of sociology and cultural studies.

Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life

Ethnographic Approaches

Author: Phillip Vannini

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433103018

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

View: 8347

Focusing on the technoculture of everyday life, this book attempts to zero in on the simplicity and the habitual character of the interaction between humans and material objects, which is often assumed or taken for granted. Because objects are always meaningful in the pragmatic use to which they are directed, the material world of everyday life can be seen as a technoculture of its own – one made of behaviors as simple, and yet as significant, as using a lawnmower, or decorating one’s body. In discussing the unique methodological components of the ethnography of the technoculture of everyday life, this book begins a dialogue on how we can examine – from the participants’ perspective – the interconnections between social agents, their technological/material practices, their material objects or technics, and their social and material environment.

The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture

A Sociology of the Senses

Author: Phillip Vannini,Dennis Waskul,Simon Gottschalk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136652116

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 8653

The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture is the definitive guide to the sociological and anthropological study of the senses. Vannini, Waskul, and Gottschalk provide a comprehensive map of the social and cultural significance of the senses that is woven in a thorough analytical review of classical, recent, and emerging scholarship and grounded in original empirical data that deepens the review and analysis. By bridging cultural/qualitative sociology and cultural/humanistic anthropology, The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture explicitly blurs boundaries that are particularly weak in this field due to the ethnographic scope of much research. Serving both the sociological and anthropological constituencies at once means bridging ethnographic traditions, cultural foci, and socioecological approaches to embodiment and sensuousness. The Senses in Self,Society, and Culture is intended to be a milestone in the social sciences’ somatic turn.

Understanding society through popular music

Author: Joseph A. Kotarba,Phillip Vannini

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415954099

Category: Music

Page: 172

View: 2896

Popular music is one of the most important sources of culture in our society, a source that provides the soundtrack for everyday life in America, while also providing practical meanings for making sense of everyday life. Accordingly, Popular Music and Society is organized to accomplish two instructional objectives. First, it shows how popular music affects all major social institutions; and secondly, it illustrates how popular music can be used to illustrate fundamental sociological theories and concepts. Ultimately, this creative text brings the concepts of sociology to life through the example of popular music.

Introducing Cultural Studies

Author: Elaine Baldwin,Scott McCracken

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317864581

Category: Social Science

Page: 364

View: 5165

A rapidly changing world – in part driven by huge transformations in technology and mobility - means we all encounter shifting cultures, and new cultural and social interactions daily. Powerful forces such as consumption and globalization exert an enormous influence on all walks and levels of life across both space and time. Cultural Studies remains at the vanguard of consideration of these issues. This completely revised second edition of Introducing Cultural Studies gives a systematic overview of the concepts, theories, debates and latest research in the field. Reinforcing the interdisciplinary nature of Cultural Studies, it first considers cultural theory before branching out to examine different dimensions of culture in detail. Key features: Collaboratively authored by an interdisciplinary team Closely cross-referenced between chapters and sections to ensure an integrated presentation of ideas Figures, diagrams, cartoons and photographs help convey ideas and stimulate Key Influence, Defining Concepts, and Extract boxes focus in on major thinkers, ideas and works Examines culture along the dividing lines of class, race and gender Weblinks and Further Reading sections encourage and support further investigation Changes for this edition: Brand new chapter addresses how culture is researched and knowledge in cultural studies is produced Brand new chapter on the Postmodernisation of Everyday Life Includes hot topics such as globalization, youth subcultures, ‘virtual’ cultures, body modification, new media, technologically-assisted social networking and many more This text will be core reading for undergraduates and postgraduates in a variety of disciplines - including Cultural Studies, Communication and Media Studies, English, Geography, Sociology, and Social Studies – looking for a clear and comprehensible introduction to the field.

Körper und Repräsentation

Author: Insa Härtel,Sigrid Schade

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322950298

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

View: 3556

,The Body and Representation. Feminist Research and Theoretical Perspectives' wurde als zweiwöchige Studienphase des Projektbereichs BODY der Internationalen Frauenuniversität vom Zentrum für feministische Studien der Universität Bremen konzipiert und im Sommer 2000 durchgeführt. Die Publikation umfasst neben Ergebnissen aus Vorlesungen und Seminaren auch ergänzende Beiträge, die die thematischen Schwerpunkte abrunden. Diskutiert werden Konzepte, Inszenierungen, Handlungen und Repräsentationen von Körpern in Alltag, politischen Kontexten, Kunst und neuen Medien.

Recognizing Transsexuals

Personal, Political and Medicolegal Embodiment

Author: Dr Zowie Davy

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409492915

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 9164

Recognizing Transsexuals draws on interviews with transsexuals at various stages of transition to offer an original account of transsexual embodiment and bodily aesthetics. Exploring the reasons for which transpeople desire to modify their bodies, it moves away from the focus on gender that characterizes much work on transpeople's embodiment, to investigate the concept of bodily aesthetics. Recent legislation allowing transsexuals to apply for gender recognition provides the context in which transpeople challenge the conventional understandings of what it means to be men and women. The book examines key approaches to recognizing transsexualism from within a variety of fields and considers transsexuals' bodies, body projects and embodiment in relation to personal, political and medico-legal fields. It explores the ways in which transpeople's bodily aesthetics affect social relations - such as sexual relations, acceptance by others and their families - whilst also considering contemporary political trans community organizations and their public representation of trans-bodies. Recognizing Transsexuals is the first sociological examination of how the bodies of transpeople are figured and reconfigured in socio, politico and medico-legal contexts and considers the impact of these shifts, and will be of interest to those with interests in embodiment, the sociology of law, sexology, medical sociology and gender theory.

Introducing Cultural Studies

Author: Brian Longhurst,Greg Smith,Gaynor Bagnall,Garry Crawford,Miles Ogborn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317426010

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

View: 809

This updated, new edition of Introducing Cultural Studies provides a systematic and comprehensible introduction to the concepts, debates and latest research in the field. Reinforcing the interdisciplinary nature of Cultural Studies, the authors first guide the reader through cultural theory before branching out to examine different dimensions of culture in detail – including globalisation, the body, geography, fashion, and politics. Incorporating new scholarship and international examples, this new edition includes: New and improved 'Defining Concepts', 'Key Influences', 'Example ', and 'Spotlight' features that probe deeper into the most significant ideas, theorists and examples, ensuring you obtain an in-depth understanding of the subject. A brand new companion website featuring a flashcard glossary, web links, discussion and essay questions to stimulate independent study. A new-look text design with over 60 pictures and tables draws all these elements together in an attractive, accessible design that makes navigating the book, and the subject, simple and logical. Introducing Cultural Studies will be core reading for Cultural Studies undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as an illuminating guide for those on Communication and Media Studies, English, Sociology, and Social Studies courses looking for a clear overview of the field.

Routledge Handbook of Body Studies

Author: Bryan S Turner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136903313

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

View: 7271

In the last three decades, the human body has gained increasing prominence in contemporary political debates, and it has become a central topic of modern social sciences and humanities. Modern technologies – such as organ transplants, stem-cell research, nanotechnology, cosmetic surgery and cryonics – have changed how we think about the body. In this collection of thirty original essays by leading figures in the field, these issues are explored across a number of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, including pragmatism, feminism, queer theory, post-modernism, post-humanism, cultural sociology, philosophy and anthropology. A wide range of case studies, which include cosmetics, diet, organ transplants, racial bodies, masculinity and sexuality, eating disorders, religion and the sacred body, and disability, are used to appraise these different perspectives. In addition, this Handbook explores various epistemological approaches to the basic question: what is a body? It also offers a strongly themed range of chapters on empirical topics that are organized around religion, medicine, gender, technology and consumption. It also contributes to the debate over the globalization of the body: how have military technology, modern medicine, sport and consumption led to this contemporary obsession with matters corporeal? The Handbook’s clear, direct style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience in the social sciences, particularly for those studying medical sociology, gender studies, sports studies, disability studies, social gerontology, or the sociology of religion. It will serve to consolidate the new field of body studies.

Tattooed

The Sociogenesis of a Body Art

Author: Michael Atkinson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085689

Category: Art

Page: 292

View: 8187

Cultural sensibilities about tattooing are discussed within historical context and in relation to broader trends in body modification, such as cosmetic surgery, dieting, and piercing.

Schriften über Liebe und Sexualität

Author: Sigmund Freud,Reimut Reiche

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596104413

Category: Love

Page: 223

View: 9451

Die Aufsätze dieses Bandes dokumentieren Freuds lebenslange Auseinandersetzung mit den einst in den Drei Abhandlungen dargelegten Auffassungen über Liebe und Sexualität. Anhand neuen klinischen Materials hat er sie immer wieder in fundamentaler Weise in Frage gestellt, unermüdlich revidiert und korrigiert. Um nur drei dieser Neuerungsbereiche zu erwähnen - erst allmählich konnte er die auf den ersten Blick abenteuerlich anmutenden Sexualtheorien der Kinder entdecken; zeitgemäße eigene Voreingenommenheit hinderte ihn lange daran, die Besonderheiten der weiblichen Sexualentwicklung ins Auge zu fassen und seine Vorstellung von der Frau als penislosem Mängelwesen zu relativieren; mehr und mehr sah er sich veranlaßt, biologische und kulturtheoretische Überlegungen einzubeziehen, um die Tatsache des verbreiteten Unglücks in den menschlichen Sexual- und Liebesbeziehungen verstehbar zu machen. Was Freud in den verschiedenen Aufsätzen dieses Bandes jeweils ganz neu formulierte -, trug er in einem permanenten Werkdialog in die nachfolgenden Auflagen der Drei Abhandlungen ein.

Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives

Finding a Voice of Their Own

Author: Ravi Malhotra,Morgan Rowe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136015442

Category: Law

Page: 248

View: 1241

Building on David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger’s work analyzing the narratives of people with physical and learning disabilities, this book examines the life stories of twelve physically disabled Canadian adults through the prism of the social model of disablement. Using a grounded theory approach and with extensive reporting of the thoughts of the participants in their own words, the book uses narratives to explore whether an advocacy identity helps or hinders dealings with systemic barriers for disabled people in education, employment, and transportation. The book underscores how both physical and attitudinal barriers by educators, employers and service providers complicate the lives of disabled people. The book places a particular focus on the importance of political economy and the changes to the labour market for understanding the marginalization and oppression of people with disabilities. By melding socio-legal approaches with insights from feminist, critical race, and queer legal theory, Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe ask if we need to reconsider the social model of disablement, and proposes avenues for inclusive legal reform.

Angry White Men

Die USA und ihre zornigen Männer

Author: Michael Kimmel

Publisher: Orell Füssli Verlag

ISBN: 3280038987

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 5469

Die Supermacht USA befindet sich in einer tiefen Identitätskrise. Einst berühmt für ihre pragmatische Kompromissbereitschaft stehen sich Republikaner und Demokraten unversöhnlich gegenüber, gewinnen ehemals politische Randgruppen wie die Tea Party enormen politischen und gesellschaftlichen Einfluss. Das Land radikalisiert sich und die weiße männliche Bevölkerung spielt dabei eine entscheidende Rolle. Wer sind die zornigen weißen Amerikaner, die ihren "Way of Life" so gefährdet sehen, dass sie zum radikalen Widerstand gegen jeden bereit sind, der ihre Anschauungen nicht teilt? Woher rührt die Wut auf Frauenemanzipation und Immigranten, auf Farbige und Homosexuelle, auf die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter und generell auf "die im Weißen Haus"? Dieses Buch zeichnet das beklemmende Porträt einer vorrangig männlichen Bewegung, deren Angst vor dem eigenen Bedeutungsverlust, vor dem Verlust amerikanischer Männlichkeit und Dominanz nicht nur die kommenden Präsidentschaftswahlen bestimmen wird, sondern darüber hinaus auch die amerikanische Außenpolitik - also uns.

Remote relationships in a small world

Author: Samantha Holland

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 296

View: 1940

How do people have relationships when they are apart, or develop them when they've never even met? From MySpace and weblogs to romance and sexuality, this book draws together a range of studies on «remote relationships, investigating the intricate, intimate ways that people forge connections online. The term 'remote' refers to the technologies that facilitate forms of communication, and also underlines the lack of physicality involved in these relationships, developed at a distance. Using empirical data, these collected essays explore a wide variety of relationships, examining the methodological and ethical issues that researchers face. Remote Relationships in a Small World, part of a new generation of online studies, responds to the need for research that focuses on social relationships.

Das Elend der Welt. Zeugnisse und Diagnosen alltäglichen Leidens an der Gesellschaft

Author: Pierre Bourdieu

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3744518337

Category: Social Science

Page: 852

View: 1047

»Nicht bemitleiden, nicht auslachen, nicht verabscheuen, sondern verstehen!« – so lautet das Credo dieser außergewöhnlichen soziologischen Studie über Formen und Ursachen des Leidens in und an der heutigen Gesellschaft. Menschen, die sonst weder zu Wort kommen noch gehört werden, berichten über ihr gewöhnliches, konkretes Leben, ihre Hoffnungen und Frustrationen, Verletzungen und Leiden. In ihrer Zusammenschau ergeben diese Lebens- und Gesellschaftsbilder »von unten« ein schonungsloses Röntgenbild der französischen – und nicht nur der französischen – Gegenwartsgesellschaft, geprägt von zunehmendem Konkurrenzdruck, struktureller Massenarbeitslosigkeit, Sozialabbau, gesellschaftlicher Marginalisierung bzw. Ausschließung immer breiterer Bevölkerungsgruppen, verstärkt durch den schleichenden Rückzug des Staates aus seiner Verantwortung für das Gemeinwohl und die zunehmende Deregulierung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Die kleinen und großen Miseren und Leiden dieser Alltagsmenschen erscheinen in der janusgesichtigen Gestalt von ökonomischer Lage bzw. materiellen gesellschaftlichen Zwängen hier und leidvollen Erfahrungen mit sozialen Hierarchien, wie sie mit der jeweiligen Stellung im Sozialraum einhergehen, dort. Gerade diese stellungsbedingte Form des Leidens an der Gesellschaft, allzu lange von der Soziologie vernachlässigt und im öffentlichen Diskurs verschwiegen, bringt die von Pierre Bourdieu und Mitarbeitern vorgelegte Analyse radikal zu Bewusstsein. Ein eminent politisches Buch.

Making 'Postmodern' Mothers

Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps and Body Image

Author: M. Nash

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137292156

Category: Social Science

Page: 247

View: 9957

Based on interviews with pregnant women, this book provides a multi-disciplinary empirical account of pregnant embodiment and how it relates to wider sociological and feminist discourses about gender, bodies, 'fitness', 'fat', celebrity and motherhood.

Wandel der Intimität

Sexualität, Liebe und Erotik in modernen Gesellschaften

Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105610855

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

View: 4519

Seit der »sexuellen Revolution« der siebziger Jahre ist das Thema Sexualität in aller Munde. Der Feminismus und das Coming-Out der Homosexuellen haben die tradierten Geschlechterrollen ebenso in Frage gestellt wie die sexuelle Moral. Trotzdem gelten Sex, Liebe und Erotik immer noch als ausschließlich private Bereiche. Der Wandel der Intimität, so zeigt Giddens, betrifft aber ebenso wie unsere ganz persönlichen Beziehungskrisen die Demokratie unserer modernen Gesellschaften. Dieser Wandel geht nicht etwa, wie Konservative behaupten, in die Richtung immer größerer Permissivität und ungehemmten Sex mit möglichst vielen Partnern. Vielmehr entwickeln sich unsere Liebesbeziehungen, Freundschaften und Eltern-Kind-Beziehungen hin zu mehr Partnerschaft und Gegenseitigkeit. »Demokratie«, dafür plädiert Giddens’ umfassende Analyse, ist daher nicht nur eine politische Forderung, sondern ein Schlüsselbegriff für die neue Partnerschaftlichkeit im privaten Leben. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)