Body & Society - SOC00003H

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Nik Brown
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The body has taken centre stage in sociology over recent years and this module will examine some of the key perspectives associated with embodiment and corporeality. The modules will explore themes such as embodied identity, sex, disfigurement, etiquette, regulation, reproduction, body mass, pain, the emotions, and temporality. It will explore perspectives associated with the thinking of, for example, Goffman, Foucault, Bourdieu, Elias, Crawford, Agamben, Haraway, Oakley, Latour, etc.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will understand the place of the body in contemporary sociological perspectives, and gain a grounding in the connections between theory and empirical areas of research on the body.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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Key texts

Brown, N. and Webster, A. (2004) New Medical Technologies and Society. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Douglas, M. (1966) Purity and Danger. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Elias, N. (1984) The Civilising Process. Oxford: Blackwell.

Howson, A. (2012) The Body and Society: an introduction Cambridge, Polity Press. Second edition.

Nettleton, S. and Watson, J. (1998) The Body in Everyday Life. London: Routledge.

Shilling, C. (2012) The Body and Social Theory. London: Sage. Third edition

Turner, B. S. (2008) The Body and Society. London: Sage. Third edition

Williams, S. and Bendelow, G. (1998) The Lived Body: Sociological Themes and Embodied Issues. London: Sage.

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