The Sociology of the Body: Mapping the Abstraction of by Kate Cregan

By Kate Cregan

`Through a provocative research, this e-book contextualizes, explicates and significantly analyses the paintings of these key theorists and texts which were so much influential in refocusing our gaze on human embodiment. Upon this origin, the writer builds her personal precise theoretical Framework in the direction of the research of embodiment. this can be a worthy addition to the sector of physique reviews' - Chris Shilling, college of Portsmouth during the last two decades, the social sciences have witnessed a outstanding inter-disciplinary surge of curiosity within the physique. The latter is now famous as a middle inspiration and is the topic of in depth research at undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. yet how do we map this paintings? What are the contributions and alterations of many of the ways? This lucid and authoritative textual content: " presents a severe review of the paintings of Elias, Aries, Foucault, Bourdieu, Mary Douglas, Kristeva, Butler, Haraway and Bordo; " courses the reader in the course of the inter-disciplinary impression of those rules; " supplies a transparent and compelling research of the importance of the `turn' in the direction of the physique; " is helping to appreciate the complicated method within which embodiment is shaped throughout diversified social formations. truly geared up and powerfully expressed the booklet presents the simplest to be had consultant to the `turn to the physique' within the social sciences.

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15 In this Jonson is taking part in a revival of the use of classical conventions – consolation – which leads me to a related point. qxd 3/15/2006 8:17 PM Page 39 ‘ MANNERS MAKETH THE MAN ’ and the depiction of children as small adults may just indicate a convention for depiction rather than an actual ‘seeing’ of children in that manner: it is impossible to know what people ‘saw’ when they looked at an infant without other evidence. And again, understandably for the time in which he was writing Ariès, like Elias, does not go into any depth on the schooling of girls – they are essentially dismissed in a couple of sentences – nor that while boys were being exhorted to exercise, girls were increasingly restricted in their physical pursuits.

They are hierarchical. Custom, by contrast, is inclusive. There is much to value in Elias’s work and I think Shilling’s three-point précis still stands as the best encapsulation of his method. Manners work as a means of socialisation, bringing us into society. Manners foster the process of rationalisation, leading us to rationalise ourselves, our behaviour, to quantify and commercially value our actions and behaviours. Manners instil individualisation by which we internalise order and become self-regulating individuals.

Qxd OBJECT – THE 3/15/2006 8:17 PM Page 24 REGULATED BODY Elias argues, despite this the spread of the civilising influence flattened out social difference. ‘Here, too, as with manners, there was a kind of double movement: a courtization of bourgeois people and a bourgeoisification of courtly people. Or, to put it more precisely: bourgeois people were influenced by the behaviour of courtly people and vice versa’ (93–4). Similarly, there are shifts in the eating and serving of meat, from proud traditions of carving whole beasts to the obfuscation of meat beneath sauces until their animal origin is totally obscured; the shift in the use of knives from personal weapons as well as implements, to the point where it is considered utterly improper to bring a knife to one’s mouth.

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