The Body (Spr) (L4029B)
The Body: current controversies and debates
Module details for 2011 cohort.
FHEQ Level 6
The body has recently become a key focus for sociological theorising and research. Much of this work has focused on defining the body as a socially constructed phenomenon, and exploring how it is produced through various social and cultural practices and dismodules, and categories such as gender, class, 'race' and sexual orientation. However, the body is also highly politically charged; a key site at which oppression is meted out and a focus of regulation and governance at individual, group, national and international levels. Bodies, and particularly women's bodies, are also at the nexus of some of the most controversial debates of our time.
This module will develop a political sociology of the body, exploring how debates are constructed around controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, sex work, childbirth and breastfeeding, and cosmetic surgery and female genital cutting. Students will think through these debates in relation to the rhetorics and conceptual frameworks being constructed and the political allegiances being made. Attention will be paid to the intersection of different social categories such as gender, class, 'race', sexual orientation, age, and (dis)ability, and how these shape the way issues are discussed.
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Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.
Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.
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