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The body in antiquity
If you would like to do some further study on the themes in this course, you may like to look in more detail at one of the theoretical ideas you have been introduced to, such as Bourdieu’s concept of ‘habitus’ in: Bourdieu, P. (1990 ) ‘Structures, habitus, practices’ and ‘Belief and the body’ in, Bourdieu, P. The Logic of Practice, (trans. R. Nice) Stanford, Stanford University Press, pp. 52–79.
You may, however, prefer to go back to some of the abridged readings, like the first chapter of Robb and Harris (2013), and read the whole thing.
For more on the history of body studies generally and the key theoretical concepts, see: Turner, B.S. (2012) ‘The turn of the body’ in Turner, B.S. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Body Studies, London, Routledge, pp. 1–17.
For more background on the theories of Bourdieu in the context of other theoretical approaches, see: Turner, B.S. (2012) ‘Embodied Practice: Martin Heidegger, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault’ in Turner, B.S. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Body Studies, London, Routledge, pp. 62–74.
For more on the interface between body studies and archaeology, see: Crossland, Z. (2010) ‘Materiality and embodiment’ in Hicks, D. and Beaudry, M.C. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 386–405.
For more on general sociological approaches to the human body, looking at aspects like embodiment and critical body studies, see: Moore, L.J. and Casper, M.J. (2014) The Body: Social and Cultural Dissections, London, Routledge.
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