Sociology of the body
The fifteen authors of this book contribute to the present "somatic turn" in scciology after the long period when the body was neglected; instead, the body´s existence in sociology was marginal, and even its ’disappearance´ in the near future was predicted. The opposite takes place, however: tattooing, peircing, branding, diets, plastic surgery, a general stage-setting of the body resulting in a body cult, particularly reflected in the media. While internationally there are many publications, this was not the case with sociology in Germany. Central to this volume is the role of the body in present society, researched from several angles. There are theoretical and empirical approaches, topics like ’bodies and communication´, bodies and sports, bodies and internet, men and women, disabled bodies, dietary health problems, and artificial limbs.
Keywords: body and sociology, sociology and body, tattooing, peircing, branding, diet and body, plastic surgery, stage-setting of body, internet and body, men and body, women and body, artificial limbs