Re-Forming the Body: Religion, Community and Modernity

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SAGE, 14 feb. 1997 - 240 pagina's
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Enriches the concpetual arsenal for interdisciplinary analysis of political, social and cultural change... stimulates more nuanced thinking about the cultural and political legacy of the Reformation era... manages both to clarify tensions surrounding cultural and social integration in the late 20th century while underscoring the real historical complexity of modern bodies' - "American Journal of Sociology

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Through an analysis of successive re-formations of the body, this innovative and penetrating book constructs a fascinating and wide-ranging account of how the creation and evolution of different patterns of human community are intimately related to the somatic experience of the sacred.

The book places the relationship between the embodiment and the sacred at the crux of social theory, and casts a fresh light on the emergence and transformation of modernity. It critically examines the thesis that the rational projects of modern embodiment have 'died and gone to cyberspace', and suggests that we are witnessing the rise of a virulent, effervescent form of the sacred which is changing how people 'see' and 'keep in touch' with the world around them.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

Reformed Bodies
35
Volatile Bodies Sacred Communities
64
Sinful Bodies Profane Associations
98
Janusfaced Modernity
131
Ambivalent Bodies
161
Concluding Comments
190
Index
225
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Pagina 15 - If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.

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Over de auteur (1997)

I am Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). See the rest of the Sociology team. My main teaching interests are in the areas of the body in culture and society, and in sociological theory. PhD students are currently studying with me in areas such as the sociology of private spaces, tattooing, evangelical church membership, women's drinking, and sight loss. Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with cognitive conceptions of agency and identity, and disembodied models of structure, society and social relationships in the late 1980s, I began working on issues concerning the body and embodiment (in education, consumer culture and social and cultural theory), and since that time have become one of the main figures in the establishment of the interdisciplinary field of body studies. Issues relating to embodiment have become increasingly important across the social sciences and humanities and have stimulated a major reconstruction of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary work, as the limitations of linguistic turns have become apparent and as scholars interrogate, once again, issues pertaining to materiality. The generative, receptive, permeable and performative characteristics and capacities of embodied subjects and inter-corporeal relations are key to these concerns. My best known book is probably The Body and Social Theory (Sage Press, Theory, Culture & Society series, 1993) which has been translated widely. The second edition was published in 2003, and has also appeared in a number of different languages, and I completed the third edition recently which is scheduled for September 2012 publication. My other main books include: The Body in Culture, Technology and Society (Sage / TCS, 2005) Changing Bodies. Habit, Crisis and Creativity (Sage / TCS, 2008) Embodying Sociology (Editor, Blackwells / The Sociological Review Monograph Series, 2007) (with Philip A. Mellor) Re-forming the Body: Religion, Community, Modernity (Sage / TCS, 1997) (with Philip A. Mellor) The Sociological Ambition (Sage / TCS, 2001). I am the current editor of The Sociological Review Monograph Series.

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