The Body and Social Theory (3rd ed.)

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Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society

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  • 0857025333
  • 9780857025326
  • 9780857025333
  • 9781446268810
  • 9781446290514
"Great to have a new edition - this is essential reading and provides a clear, accessible yet original overview of social theory and the body."
- Sarah Nettleton
, University of York

"Lucidly argued and accessibly written, this book avoids the pitfalls of either too much naturalism or too much social constructivism. It is a book with something for everyone, from the classics in social theory on the body to contemporary bodily phenomena like genetics, body modification, and cultural anxieties about death."
- Kathy Davis, Utrecht University

Unrivalled in its clarity and coverage, this sparkling new edition of Chris Shilling's classic text is a masterful account of the emergence and development of body matters in sociology and related disciplines.

A timely, well reasoned response to current concerns and controversies across the globe, it provides chapter-by-chapter coverage of the major theories, approaches and studies conducted in the field. Each chapter has been revised and updated, with new discussions of 'actor-network theory', bodywork, pragmatism, the global resurgence of religious identities, 'new genetics', biological citizenship, neuroscience, and figurations of the living and dead.

Packed full of critical analysis and relevant empirical studies the book engages with the major classical and contemporary theories within body studies including the: naturalistic, interactionist, constructionist, feminist, structuralist, phenomenological, and realist.

Original, logical and indispensable this is a must-have title for students and researchers engaged with the study of the body.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0857025333
  • 9780857025326
  • 9780857025333
  • 9781446268810
  • 9781446290514

In The Press

In The Body and Social Theory Chris Shilling has built on his expertise in the sociology of the body to provide a canonical treatment of the subject that he renders with theoretical depth and clarity of prose, making this book invaluable.
Jaqueline Low
University of New Brunswick, Canada


Lucidly argued and accessibly written, this book makes a convincing case for an embodied sociology which avoids the pitfalls of either too much naturalism or too much social constructivism. It is a book with something for everyone, from the classics in social theory on the body to contemporary bodily phenomena like genetics, body modification, and cultural anxieties about death.
Kathy Davis
Utrecht University


With many new additions, both substantive and theoretical, this volume is at the forefront of body studies. Written in a crisp and concise manner, it is an authoritative and invaluable contribution.


Bryan S. Turner
The Graduate Centre, CUNY

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0857025333
  • 9780857025326
  • 9780857025333
  • 9781446268810
  • 9781446290514