Contemporary sociology and the body

Contemporary sociology and the body

Miriam Adelman and Lennita Ruggi Federal University of ParanĂ¡, Brazil

Abstract: Although classical sociology was not always oblivious or indifferent to the embodied dimensions of social relations, contemporary sociology has developed new perspectives and frameworks for understanding the body as a social and cultural construct and as a fundamental element in material and symbolic processes of power and conviviality. The present article sketches the development of sociological approaches to the body, with key contributions coming from diverse schools of thought, from Elias and Bourdieu to contemporary feminist, Foucauldian post-structuralism and queer theories. 

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