Special Issue "Embodied Action, Embodied Theory: Understanding the Body in Society"

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A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jacqueline Low
Department of Sociology, Carleton Hall, Room 132, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3, Canada
Website: http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/sociology/people/jlow.html
E-Mail: jlow@unb.ca
Phone: +1 506 458 7439
Fax: +1 506 453 4659
Interests: sociology of health; illness; health policy and health care; in particular chronic illness; disability; and alternative and complementary therapies; deviant behavior; qualitative research methods; sociology of the body

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Claudia Malacrida
Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, UHall A-890, 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, Alberta Canada T1K 3M4
Website: http://directory.uleth.ca/users/claudia.malacrida?no_headers=1
E-Mail: claudia.malacrida@uleth.ca
Phone: +1 403 329-2738
Fax: +1 403 329-2085
Interests: sociology of the body; motherhood; disability; policy; eugenics and reproductive knowledge production; all as forms of social control

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue follows the ISA World Forum on "The Body in the Social Sciences" to be held in Buenos Aries Aug 1-4, 2012 (http://www.isa-sociology.org/buenos-aires-2012/rc/rc.php?n=RC54), but is also open to submissions of papers not presented at the Forum. This special issue focuses on the interconnectedness of the body and society, thus it will include works that explore how the body is shaped by and constrained through socio-cultural processes, as well as those that focus on how bodies in action affect the societies in which they operate. As Goffman (1972) pointed out in his seminal presidential address to the American Sociological Association, "The Interaction Order," we cannot act without our bodies, meaning sociology must account for the body.

Moreover, accounting for the body and its interconnectedness with society gives rise to recurring debates concerning whether or not a true sociology of the body requires a recasting of sociological theory. Recent sociological writing on the body by such writers as Chris Shilling, Bryan Turner, Arthur Frank, Margaret Shildrick, and Mike Featherstone (to name a few) does more than merely mark out a substantive area for the body that leaves traditional sociological perspectives unchallenged. Rather, this body of work has made monumental inroads in reinserting the body into sociological research and bridging that work into a vigorous theory of the sociological body and of embodied sociology. In this work, the classic works of Goffman and Foucault have been re-examined for their embodied perspectives, the contributions of feminist scholars have been brought into a sociological framing of the body, and the implications of consumerism, aging populations, high modernity and postmodernity have been incorporated into a burgeoning sociological examination of the body. Current scholarship continues working towards linking corporeal experience to social processes, systems, and structures, permitting sociologists of the body to understand the workings of power, interactions between social actors, and the ways that social norms and roles operate in nuanced and analytically powerful ways.

This special issue invites papers that further develop these theories and sociological understandings of the body. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the connections between the lived body and the body as a set of social experiences, insights into the body as a site of social control, and examinations of the body as a vehicle for the expression and consumption of culture.

Dr. Jacqueline Low
Prof. Dr. Claudia Malacrida
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • body
  • social body
  • embodiment
  • corporeality
  • lived body
  • social theory and the body
  • social control of the body

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p. 293-297
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Societies 2013, 3(3), 293-297; doi:10.3390/soc3030293
Received: 27 June 2013; Accepted: 16 July 2013 / Published: 23 July 2013
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p. 261-265
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Societies 2013, 3(3), 261-265; doi:10.3390/soc3030261
Received: 7 June 2013; Accepted: 17 June 2013 / Published: 24 June 2013
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p. 170-185
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Societies 2013, 3(2), 170-185; doi:10.3390/soc3020170
Received: 26 February 2013; in revised form: 29 March 2013 / Accepted: 1 April 2013 / Published: 15 April 2013
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p. 52-65
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Societies 2013, 3(1), 52-65; doi:10.3390/soc3010052
Received: 31 August 2012; in revised form: 17 December 2012 / Accepted: 17 December 2012 / Published: 10 January 2013
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p. 302-316
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Societies 2012, 2(4), 302-316; doi:10.3390/soc2040302
Received: 20 August 2012; in revised form: 1 November 2012 / Accepted: 5 November 2012 / Published: 19 November 2012
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p. 286-301
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Societies 2012, 2(4), 286-301; doi:10.3390/soc2040286
Received: 24 August 2012; in revised form: 7 November 2012 / Accepted: 8 November 2012 / Published: 15 November 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(4), 270-285; doi:10.3390/soc2040270
Received: 20 August 2012; in revised form: 2 November 2012 / Accepted: 2 November 2012 / Published: 8 November 2012
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p. 252-269
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Societies 2012, 2(4), 252-269; doi:10.3390/soc2040252
Received: 3 September 2012; in revised form: 18 October 2012 / Accepted: 23 October 2012 / Published: 31 October 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(4), 235-251; doi:10.3390/soc2040235
Received: 6 August 2012; in revised form: 22 October 2012 / Accepted: 23 October 2012 / Published: 29 October 2012
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p. 222-234
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Societies 2012, 2(4), 222-234; doi:10.3390/soc2040222
Received: 30 August 2012; in revised form: 4 October 2012 / Accepted: 16 October 2012 / Published: 25 October 2012
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Societies 2012, 2(3), 195-209; doi:10.3390/soc2030195
Received: 26 October 2011; in revised form: 22 August 2012 / Accepted: 30 August 2012 / Published: 13 September 2012
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p. 139-156
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Societies 2012, 2(3), 139-156; doi:10.3390/soc2030139
Received: 29 November 2011; in revised form: 21 August 2012 / Accepted: 23 August 2012 / Published: 12 September 2012
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