First published in 1998, the three main themes of the book are representation (images and symbols which depict the body), regulation (the social control of bodies) and resistance (strategies which challenge dominant representation and regulation). These themes run through the various chapters which span a wide spectrum of bodily topics. The chapters deal not only with major issues such as media images of male and female bodies, but also with neglected problems such as workplace bullying, unusual settings such as residential institutions for trainee clergy and 'exotica' such as naturism and fetish practices. The topics range from the healthy and sporting - bodybuilding clubs and rugby culture - through to the health problems of Crohn’s Disease sufferers and the self-harm practices of women in bail hostels. Also, the book sheds light on the ageing process by including not just young people (teenage girls in physical education lessons) but also the older and increasingly assertive generation of 'wrinklies.'


chapter |6 pages


ByJohn Richardson, Alison Shaw

chapter 1|19 pages

Images of the female body: Women’s identities and the media

ByAlison Shaw

chapter 3|17 pages

Bodybuilding and sexual attractiveness

ByLee Monaghan, Michael Bloor, Russell P. Dobash, Rebecca E. Dobash

chapter 5|19 pages

‘You need the leotard’: revisiting the first PE lesson

BySara Delamont

chapter 6|16 pages

Workplace bullying

ByDuncan Lewis

chapter 7|19 pages

Power, control and the gendered body

ByEmma Wincup

chapter 9|16 pages

Wrinklies just wanna have fun!

ByJohn Richardson

chapter 10|14 pages

Bodies on display: experiences from the fetish club field

ByVictoria Butler

chapter 11|12 pages

Inter-corporeality and reflexivity: researching naturism

ByOdette Parry