Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body

Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body

by Phillip Vannini, Dennis Waskul

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The body and experiences of embodiment have generated a rich and diverse sociological literature. This volume articulates and illustrates one major approach to the sociology of the body: symbolic interactionism, an increasingly prevalent theoretical base of contemporary sociology derived from the pragmatism of writers such as John Dewey, William James, Charles Peirce, Charles Cooley and George Herbert Mead. The authors argue that, from an interactionist perspective, the body is much more than a tangible, corporeal object - it is a vessel of great significance to the individual and society. From this perspective, body, self and social interaction are intimately interrelated and constantly reconfigured. The collection constitutes a unique anthology of empirical research on the body, from health and illness to sexuality, from beauty and imagery to bodily performance in sport and art, and from mediated communication to plastic surgery. The contributions are informed by innovative interactionist theory, offering fresh insights into one of the fastest growing sub-disciplines of sociology and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317173434
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dennis D. Waskul is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University Mankato, USA. His empirical and theoretical articles have been published in Symbolic Interaction, New Media&Society, The Information Society, and Sociological Spectrum. His research interests have been largely organized around the dynamics of embodiment, with special interest in liminal circumstances where fantasy, imagination, and reality coexist. Phillip Vannini is a Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He has published theory and research dealing with semiotics and symbolic interactionism, and the semiotics of the body in the following journals: Journal of Popular Culture, CTheory, Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, and Symbolic Interaction.

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Author Biographies ix

1 Introduction: The Body in Symbolic Interaction Dennis D. Waskul Phillip Vannini 1

Part 1 The Looking-Glass Body: Refiexivily as Embodiment 19

2 The Networked Body and the Question of Reflexivity Nick Crossley 21

3 Reflections of the Body, Images of Self: Visibility and Invisibility in Chronic Illness and Disability Kathy Charmaz Dana Rosenfeld 35

4 Reflexive Transembodimenl Douglas Schrock Emily M. Boyd 51

Part 2 The Dramaturgical Body: Body as Performance 67

5 Building Bodily Boundaries: Embodied Enactment and Experience Spencer E. Cahill 69

6 Body Armour: Managing Disability and the Precariousness of the Territories of the Self Carol Brooks Gardner William P. Gronfein 83

7 Opera and the Embodiment of Performance Paul Atkinson 95

8 Samba no Mar: Bodies, Movement and Idiom in Capoeira Neil Stephens Sara Delamont 109

Part 3 The Phenomenological Body: Body as Province of Meaning 123

9 Corporeal Indeterminacy: The Value of Embodied, Interpretive Sociology Lee F. Monaghan 125

10 Intelligent Bodies: Embodied Subjectivity Human-Horse Communication Keri Brandt 141

11 Professional Female Football Players: Tackling Like a Girl? Joseph Kotarba Matt Held 153

12 The Addict's Body: Embodiment, Drug Use, and Representation Richard Huggins 165

Part 4 The Socio-Semiotic Body: Body as Trace of Culture 181

13 Body Ekstasis: Socio-Semiotic Reflections on Surpassing the Dualism of Body-Image Phillip Vannini Dennis D. Waskul 183

14 Eating the Black Body: Interracial Desire, Food Metaphor and White Fear Erica Owens Bronwyn Beistle 201

15 Claiming the Bodies of Exotic Dancers: The Problematic Discourse of Commodification Carol Rambo Sara Renee Presley Don Mynatt 213

Part 5 The Narrative Body: Body as Story 229

16 The Fit and Healthy Body: Consumer Narratives and the Management of Postmodern Corporeity Charles Edgley 231

17 Masks of Masculinity: (Sur)passing Narratives and Cosmetic Surgery Michael Atkinson 247

18 The Pregnant/Birthing Body: Negotiations of Personal Autonomy Rachel Westfall 263

Conclusion 277

19 Viewing the Body: An Overview, Exploration and Extension Clinton R. Sanders 279

Index 295

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