Real Bodies

A Sociological Introduction

  • Editors
  • Mary Evans
  • Ellie Lee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Mary Evans
    Pages 1-13
  3. Sally Sheldon
    Pages 14-28
  4. Kylie Stephen
    Pages 29-45
  5. Sara Ahmed
    Pages 46-63
  6. Carol Thomas
    Pages 64-78
  7. David Morgan
    Pages 79-95
  8. Jo Bridgeman
    Pages 96-114
  9. Ellie Lee, Emily Jackson
    Pages 115-132
  10. Joanne Entwistle
    Pages 133-150
  11. Janet Sayers
    Pages 151-166
  12. Hazel Biggs
    Pages 167-184
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 185-204

About this book


This introductory text sets out to make the links between sociological theories of the body and actual human behaviour and experience. It covers a broad range of topics, from long-standing sociological concerns to more contemporary issues. With a focus on the changeability of the body, it examines the part that bodies play in the social construction of categories such as race, sexuality and disability and explores how we express ourselves through our bodies, whether in eating, dress or pain. It also debates how the body is regulated, both through the life course and in reproduction.


behavior reproduction sociology

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