SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY

Sociologia SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY

0312300047
DIPARTIMENTO DI STUDI POLITICI E SOCIALI
EQF6
SOCIOLOGY
2022/2023

YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2019
SPRING SEMESTER
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
640LESSONS
Objectives
GAIN A BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON TO THE COMPLEX MUTUAL RELATION BETWEEN THE BODY AND THE CULTURE BY EXAMINING ON THE ONE HAND HOW CULTURE ENGAGES INTO THE BODY AND, ON THE OTHER HAND, HOW BODILY PROCESSES PERMEATE SOCIAL SPACE.
Prerequisites
NO FORMAL OBLIGATIONS ARE REQUIRED. NEVERTHELESS, IT IS BETTER TO HAVE THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF APPROACHES IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY KEY CONCEPTS.
Contents
THE BODY HAS BEEN A POPULAR TOPIC OF SOCIAL SCIENCE IN RECENT YEARS. FOR A LONG TIME SCHOLARS HAVE BEEN STUDYING WHAT THE BODY’S CULTURAL FORM MEANS AND WHY ITS REPRESENTATION DIFFERS IN DIFFERENT EPOCHS AND AMONG DIFFERENT PEOPLE. MORE RECENTLY, OTHER APPROACHES AVOID REDUCING THE BODY TO A THING THAT IS DESCRIBED. SUCH WRITING PAY ATTENTION TO THE COMPLEX MUTUAL RELATION BETWEEN THE BODY AND THE CULTURE BY EXAMINING ON THE ONE HEALTH HOW CULTURE ENGAGES INTO THE BODY AND, RECIPROCALLY, HOW BODILY PROCESSES PERMEATE SOCIAL SPACE. THE MODULE WILL LOOK AT THAT ISSUE BY FOCUSING ON A PARTICULAR ASPECT OF THE LIFE OF PEOPLE AND SOCIETY, THAT OF DISEASE. IN THIS PARTICULAR CONDITION, WE CAN RECOGNIZE DIFFERENT TYPICAL FORMS OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BODIES, INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE AND SOCIETY, DEPENDING NOT ONLY ON THE PHYSIOLOGICAL POSSIBILITY OF PREDICTABILITY OR CONTINGENCY, BUT ALSO ON HOW THE PERSONS CHOOSE TO INTERPRET THIS PHYSIOLOGY.
Teaching Methods
LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, CASE STUDIES AND SIMULATION LABS.
Verification of learning
ORAL EXAM
Texts
ARTHUR W. FRANK, THE WOUNDED STORYTELLER. BODY, ILLNESS, AND ETHICS, 1995.
THE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN NOT ATTEND CLASSES IS ENRICHED WITH THE FOLLOWING ESSAY: STANLEY BLUE, ELIZABETH SHOVE, MICHAEL P KELLY, OBESE SOCIETIES: RECONCEPTUALISING THE CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH, SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS, 43 (2021), 4, PP. 1051-1067.
More Information
THE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN NOT ATTEND CLASSES IS ENRICHED WITH AN ADDITIONAL ESSAY.
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