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  • Chris Shilling

Abstract

Our embodied existence can be seen as a foundation on which to build an empirically informed yet distinctive approach to the analysis of society, identity, culture, and history. The Introduction explains the focus of this VSI on a limited number of body matters that demonstrate clearly the importance of an embodied perspective of our world. The rise and parameters of this interdisciplinary area of study are explored before considering: ‘sexed bodies’, ‘governed bodies’, ‘educated bodies’, and ‘bodies as commodities’. Each of these topics involves a range of contrasting issues, but they also share in common three themes that inform and provide direction to the main arguments in this book.

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