© 2002

Real Bodies

A Sociological Introduction

  • Editors
  • Mary Evans
  • Ellie Lee


  • Application of theoretical debate to applied issues in a field where this is rare but much needed by students, who find the subject appealing but the theory very difficult
    Wide range of topics/issues covered from a vivid and exciting range of perspectives
    Brings together established names and newer scholars in an accessible and authoritative account

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Mary Evans
    Pages 1-13
  3. Sally Sheldon
    Pages 14-28
  4. Kylie Stephen
    Pages 29-45
  5. Sara Ahmed
    Pages 46-63
  6. Carol Thomas
    Pages 64-78
  7. David Morgan
    Pages 79-95
  8. Jo Bridgeman
    Pages 96-114
  9. Ellie Lee, Emily Jackson
    Pages 115-132
  10. Joanne Entwistle
    Pages 133-150
  11. Janet Sayers
    Pages 151-166
  12. Hazel Biggs
    Pages 167-184
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 185-204

About this book


This introductory text sets out to make the links between sociological theories of the body and actual human behaviour and experience. It covers a broad range of topics, from long-standing sociological concerns to more contemporary issues. With a focus on the changeability of the body, it examines the part that bodies play in the social construction of categories such as race, sexuality and disability and explores how we express ourselves through our bodies, whether in eating, dress or pain. It also debates how the body is regulated, both through the life course and in reproduction.


behavior reproduction sociology

About the authors

MARY EVANS is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where she teaches in both the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Women's Studies. She is the author of many books, including Introducing Contemporary Feminist Thought.

ELLIE LEE is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton. She is the editor of Abortion Law and Politics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Real Bodies
  • Book Subtitle A Sociological Introduction
  • Editors Mary Evans
    Ellie Lee
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-94751-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-94752-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-62974-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 204
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Sociology of the Body
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