The Sociology of the Body

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Sociology of the Body

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The module begins by introducing students to social theory on the body and highlights the case for embodying social theory. Sociology is the main disciplinary approach taken for exploring bodies as the source, location and medium of society, but we will first underscore the socially constructed character of the body with reference to broader socio-cultural changes and anthropological research. Attention then focuses on some key themes and debates in late modernity, such as medicalisation, risk, identity, the significance of biology, consumption and gender. More specific substantive lectures will explore themes such as: the obesity debate; disordered eating; cosmetic surgery; sport, physical activity and fitness; bodybuilding and drug-taking; tattooing; piercing; working bodies; sexualities; virtual bodies and cultures of technological embodiment (cyborgs); ageing; disability, chronic illness and healthcare; and, the body as a research instrument

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