The Body, the Care of the Self, and Habitus

  • Thomas Johansson
  • Marcus Herz
Part of the Young People and Learning Processes in School and Everyday Life book series (YPLP, volume 1)


This chapter explore the notion of plastic and transformable bodies. Using a wide range of examples, such as fitness, plastic surgery, and the makeover culture, we will explore the contemporary body project. A key question is also how education, class, and contemporary learning processes are contributing to forming young people’s relationships with their bodies. There is largely an absence of well-developed conceptual frameworks within youth studies that focus on the lived body. In recent textbooks on youth studies, we rarely find any sections on how to theorize the body nor any sections on embodiment and the lived body. This chapter will contribute to bringing bodies and carnal knowledge into youth studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Johansson
    • 1
  • Marcus Herz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education, Communication and LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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