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Body & Society

Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London
Review Editor:
Goldsmiths, University of London
Managing Editor:
Goldsmiths, University of London
2013 Impact Factor: 1.139
2013 Ranking: 46/138 in Sociology
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

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Body & Society has from its inception in March 1995 as a companion journal to Theory, Culture & Society, pioneered and shaped the field of body-studies. It has been committed to theoretical openness characterized by the publication of a wide range of critical approaches to the body, alongside the encouragement and development of innovative work that contains a trans-disciplinary focus.

The disciplines reflected in the journal have included anthropology, art history, communications, cultural history, cultural studies, environmental studies, feminism, film studies, health studies, leisure studies, medical history, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, science studies, sociology and sport studies. The journal has also sought to examine a wide range of issues which have arisen from the writings of theorists such as: Baudrillard, Bergson, Bourdieu, Butler, Cixous, Deleuze, Douglas, Elias, Ettinger, Foucault, Haraway, Kristeva, Latour, Mauss, Merleau-Ponty, and Simondon.

Emergent Themes

In recent years work on the body has exploded and studies of the body and embodiment have become increasingly central to discussions of technologies, film, media practices, communication, performance, art, regeneration, architecture, labour, dance, affect and life. These are some of the emergent objects, practices and themes that have been enriched by a turn to the body and embodiment, and which are reflected in the emergence of a huge and growing body-studies literature.

Special Re-Launch Issue - Body, Affect, Life.

It thus seemed timely to re-launch Body & Society as the key journal for publishing work related to body-matters, and also to re-position the journal as leading and shaping the trans-disciplinary field of body-studies. In our role we have identified a number of emergent themes that are shaping the field, and these include a renewed interest in relation to life and affect across the social sciences and humanities. The paradigms of life and affect break down the distinction between humans and other life forms, and is echoed in debates across the biological and 'environmental' sciences. This is a new post-humanism that examines our communality with other forms of creaturely life and companion species, and the need for a non-anthropocentric ethics. The body that organizes such diverse practices and areas of experience is a body that is open, relational, human and non-human, material, indeterminate, immaterial, multiple, sentient and processual.

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Frequency: 5 Times/Year eISSN: 1460-3632 ISSN: 1357-034X
Months of Distribution: March , June , September , December Current Volume: 21 Current Issue: 1
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