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This chapter provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of the book. The book offers a mix of theoretical, practical, and imaginative approaches to understanding embodiment within qualitative research projects and mixed methods projects that include qualitative methods. It offers hands-on, practical suggestions for how to meaningfully engage embodiment for researchers and our research processes, participants, and accounts of research. The book also offers an overview of theoretical concepts that constitute a model of doing embodiment in qualitative research. These concepts are embedded in a variety of overlapping theoretical legacies postmodern, feminist, poststructuralist, new materialist, posthumanist, critical race theory that offer great insights for opening up postpositivist and interpretive qualitative research to incorporate critical insights. It addresses designing and planning for research projects, including attention to the ethics of embodiment, and overviews bodies studies research with an explicit focus on embodied identity and experiences.