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Section on Sociology of the Body and Embodiment

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the section on sociology of the body and embodiment is to encourage and enhance theory, research, teaching, and other professional aspects in the study of sociology and body/embodiment. This section seeks to promote communication, collaboration, and consultation among scholars in the interdisciplinary study of the body and embodiment, as well as with other sections of the ASA. The aim of the Section on the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment is to support and encourage sociological scholarship on a wide range of embodied dynamics including human and non-human bodies, morphology, human reproduction, anatomy, body fluids, biotechnology, genetics; but also theories of embodiment, virtual bodies, productivity of bodies, changing bodies, life course and the body, body and spirit/soul, unequal bodies, micro and macro sociological analysis of the political, and social and individual bodies.


Section Officers 2015 - 2016

Chair: Laura M. Carpenter, Vanderbilt University
Chair-Elect: Maxine Leeds Craig, University of California-Davis
Past-Chair: Sharon Preves, Hamline University
Treasurer: Carla A. Pfeffer, University of South Carolina 2016


Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University 2016
Kate Mason, Miami University 2016
Michaela A. Nowell, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac 2017
Heather Laine Talley, Western Carolina University 2017
Rene Almeling, Yale University 2018
Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2018

Student Representative: Gemma Mangione, Northwestern University 2016