Body Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of by Phillip Vannini

By Phillip Vannini

The physique and reports of embodiment have generated a wealthy and numerous sociological literature. This quantity articulates and illustrates one significant method of the sociology of the physique: symbolic interactionism, an more and more generic theoretical base of latest sociology derived from the pragmatism of writers corresponding to John Dewey, William James, Charles Peirce, Charles Cooley and George Herbert Mead. The authors argue that, from an interactionist viewpoint, the physique is far greater than a tangible, corporeal item - it's a vessel of significant importance to the person and society. From this attitude, physique, self and social interplay are in detail interrelated and always reconfigured. the gathering constitutes a different anthology of empirical learn at the physique, from overall healthiness and ailment to sexuality, from good looks and imagery to physically functionality in game and paintings, and from mediated conversation to cosmetic surgery. The contributions are expert by means of cutting edge interactionist idea, supplying clean insights into one of many quickest growing to be sub-disciplines of sociology and cultural reviews.

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Middle class women make a much greater investment in their bodies than working class women, he argues, at least this is true amongst married women. In part this reflects wider class differences in the nature of the relation of agents to their bodies but it also reflects differences in strategic situations. Middle class women tend to work in occupations where appearance matters and can affect career advancement; therefore they have more incentive to work upon their appearance. Working class women, by contrast, once they have secured a man in the marriage markets, have less incentive to work upon their appearance.

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