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Vol.9 2010.12.15 Tom Hope
Sociology, Embodiment and Communication
This lecture will explore ‘embodiment’ from a sociological perspective. It will begin by introducing some theories of the body and how sociologists have used these in their research. Following this, through some examples of empirical studies, the lecture will show how movements in theory have influenced descriptions of bodily behaviour and vice-versa. The lecture will conclude with an examination of bodies and technology, raising issues about the interaction between them, and illustrating the use of sociological theories of the body in understanding everyday behaviour.
- Tom Hope
- Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Hope moved to Japan in 2003 after completing his doctoral research in sociology on the maintenance of contemporary forms of community. His research in Japan focuses on the interaction of groups of humans with (primarily mobile) technologies, and how the users make sense of their techno-social relationships. His recent interests include the relation between mobile social networking and spatial design, and the computerisation of Japanese lavatory technologies.
- Reference : books
The following texts will be useful if you wish to know more about the topics discussed in the lecture. References are given in the order they appear in the lecture.
Ritzer, George (2010) Sociological Theory, McGraw-Hill
Durkheim Émile (2008) The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Oxford University Press
Simmel, Georg (1904) “Fashion”, International Quarterly, 10, 130-155
Schutz, Alfred (1967) The Phenomenology of the Social World, Northwestern University Press
Elias, Norbert (2000) The Civilizing Process, Wiley-Blackwell
Goffman, Erving (1966) Behaviour in Public Places, Free Press
Garfinkel, Harold (1991) Studies in Ethnomethodology, Polity
Lynch, Michael (2006) “Cognitive activities without cognition? ethnomethodological investigations of selected ‘cognitive’ topics”, Discourse Studies, February 2006 vol. 8, 1, 95-104
Sacks, Harvey, Schegloff, Emanuel A., & Jefferson, Gail (1974) “A simplest systematics for the organization of turn-taking for conversation”. Language, 50, 696-735
Schegloff, Emanuel A. (2007) Sequence Organization in Interaction: A Primer in Conversation Analyis, Volume 1, Cambridge University Press
Goodwin, Charles (2003) "Pointing as Situated Practice." In Pointing: Where Language, Culture and Cognition Meet, edited by Sotaro Kita. Mahwah, Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 217-41
Latour, Bruno (1987) Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society, Open University Press
Suchman, Lucy (2006) Human-Machine Reconfigurations: Plans and Situated Actions, Cambridge University Press
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