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Why is there at the moment such robust educational and renowned curiosity in ‘the physique’ in modern societies? What elements form our conceptions of the physique, its naturalness, wellbeing and fitness and normality? what's the mind-body dualism and why should still it topic?

This e-book examines those and different physique questions from a severe socio-cultural viewpoint. particularly, it exhibits how conceptions of the physique are stricken by approaches of individualization, medicalization and commodification. Chapters speak about the impression of latest biomedical applied sciences at the suggestion of the traditional physique, efforts to reshape and ideal the physique, the function of the media in ‘framing’ physique concerns, tactics of physique class, the impression of consumerism on thoughts of wellbeing and fitness, therapeutic and self-care, and the results of theoretical and functional efforts to ‘integrate’ brain and body.

This ebook can be a useful resource for these looking to comprehend the social, cultural and political value of ‘the physique’ in modern society.

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