The Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education


  • Bill Green
  • Nick Hopwood

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introducing the Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bill Green, Nick Hopwood
      Pages 3-14
  3. Thinking with the Body in Professional Practice

  4. The Body in Question in Health Professional Education and Practice

  5. Concluding Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book


The body matters, in practice. How then might we think about the body in our work in and on professional practice, learning and education? What value is there in realising and articulating the notion of the professional practitioner as crucially embodied? Beyond that, what of conceiving of the professional practice field itself as a living corporate body? How is the body implicated in understanding and researching professional practice, learning and education? 

Body/Practice is an extensive volume dedicated to exploring these and related questions, philosophically and empirically. It constitutes a rare but much needed reframing of scholarship relating to professional practice and its relation with professional learning and professional education more generally. It takes bodies seriously, developing theoretical frameworks, offering detailed analyses from empirical studies, and opening up questions of representation.

The book is organized into four parts: I. ‘Introducing the Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education’; II. ‘Thinking with the Body in Professional Practice’; III. ‘The Body in Question in Health Professional Education and Practice’; IV. ‘Concluding Reflections’. It brings together researchers from a range of disciplinary and professional practice fields, including particular reference to Health and Education. Across fifteen chapters, the authors explore a broad range of issues and challenges with regard to corporeality, practice theory and philosophy, and professional education, providing an innovative, coherent and richly informed account of what it means to bring the body back in, with regard to professional education and beyond.


Bourdieu autoethnography corporeality embedded pegagogy embodied practice embodiment health education medical education professional education professional learning professional practice professional work somatic turn understanding practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Bill Green
    • 1
  • Nick Hopwood
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Teacher EducationCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00139-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00140-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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