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The body has a history: this realization constitutes the starting point for a history of the body, with several related approaches emerging in the 1970s in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. This pioneering research on the subject forms the basis for a variety of studies in recent decades.
This book presents six theoretical approaches that conceive of the body as a historical and cultural object. After an introduction to the theory and methodology of each of them, an exemplary source analysis demonstrates that a theoretically informed approach can be used to create perspectives on the body in history that differ from its commonplace understandings. The book is aimed at advanced students and researchers with an interest in the history of the body and who are looking for a practical introduction to theory-guided work.