Table of contents : 1. The Body in Everyday Life: An Introduction, Sarah Nettleton and Jonathan Watson 2. The Body as a Chemistry Experiment: Steroid Use Among South Wales Bodybuilders, Michael Bloor, Lee Monaghan, Russell P. Dobash and Rebecca E. Dobash 3. Immunology on the Street: How Non-scientists see the Immune System Emily Martin 4. 'Feeling Letdown': An Exploration of an Embodied Sensation associated with Breastfeeding, Cathryn Britton 5. Going with the Flow: Some Central Discourses in Conceptualizing and Articulating the Embodiment of Emotional States, Deborah Lupton 6. Malignant Bodies: Children's Beliefs about Health, Cancer and Risk, Simon J. Williams and Gillian Bendelow 7. Falling out with my Shadow: Lay perceptions of the body in the context of Arthritis, Bethan Williams and Julie H Barlow 8. The Body, Self and Health in the Middle Years, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Kathryn Backett-Milburn 9. Running around like a lunatic: Colin's Body and the case of Male Embodiment, Jonathan Watson 10. The Body Resists - Everyday Clerking and Unmilitary Practice, Paul Higate 11. Natural for Woman, Abnormal for Men: Beliefs about Pain and Gender Gillian Bendelow and Simon J. Williams 12. Embodied Obligation: The Female Body and Health Surveillance Alex Howson 13. The Sight of Age Bill Bytheway and Julia Johnson 14. 'Growing Old Gracefully' as opposed to 'Mutton dressed as Lamb': The Social Construction of Recognising Older Women Eileen Fairhurst 15. The Male Menopause: Lay accounts and Cultural Reconstruction Mike Hepworth and Mike Featherstone.
''A fascinating and wide-ranging collection that is bound to engage the reader with new ideas and understandings.'' Laura Potts,Health Matters Issue 36 Spring 1999
''A significant contribution to research relating to the embodied self as experienced in daily life and real world situations. It combines a wide range of research approaches, settings and topics and yet maintains a specific focus throughout'' Steve Robertson Medical Sociology News vol 26 June 2000