Body Problems

Body Problems

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This book addresses the relationship between the body and society in a fast-food society. Agger focuses on issues of food, exercise, work, dieting and eating disorders, fashion, bariatric and cosmetic surgery, and health. He addresses the dilemma that we have ample access to abundant calories but lead lifestyles and have jobs that for the most part do not enable us to expend those calories. He proposes solutions, both individual and structural, that involve re-orienting ourselves to exercise as play. The book can be used in introductory sociology, social problems, work, sociology of sport, gender, health and illness. The goal of this new, unique Series is to offer readable, teachable qthinking framesq on todaya€™s social problems and social issues by leading scholars, all in short 60 page or shorter formats, and available for view on For instructors teaching a wide range of courses in the social sciences, the Routledge Social Issues Collection now offers the best of both worlds: originally written short texts that provide qoverviewsq to important social issues as well as teachable excerpts from larger works previously published by Routledge and other presses.Marx never considered that working people would develop what later thinkers ( e.g., Marcuse 1964) considered false needs for ... and clothing are made off- shore by workers in Third-World countries willing to work far below the American minimum wage. ... The bottom line is that there is much money, billions of dollars and Euros, to be made from bodies and the body ... month on gym memberships ( although one can also spend as little as $10 a month at the parks and recreation gyms).

Title:Body Problems
Author:Ben Agger
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-08-06


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