We are all capable of taking our bodies for granted. We live in them (and through
them) and they are out daily companions. Nut our bodies can also ‘go wrong’ or change
in ways which we may not understand and often do not choose. Influenced by the social
and cultural world in which we live, it is then that we begin to think about our
bodies (and those of others). We make. At this point, pictures of the body we would
like, rather than the body we have.
In this carefully collection of original essays, a number of established and younger
scholars consider the ways in which ideas about the body and the ‘real’ body interact
and intersect. Pitched as an accessible level and bringing together an exciting range
of perspectives and issues, the book includes dedicated chapters on:
· Old Age
It is written at a level appropriate to a broad undergraduate readership but in a
spirit of open enquiry which will appeal to many levels of debate.