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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCA02H3
Professor
Sheldon Ungar
Semester
Winter

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SOCA02H3 WEEK 6: 02.13.14 CHAPTER 12: SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY: DISABILITY, AGING, AND  DEATH  Pg. 299­304 NIP/TUCK “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself.” ­ At first these words seem unremarkable but once the words sink in, they shock us  about how widespread the incidence of body dissatisfaction is ­ ~4 million North Americans underwent cosmetic surgery in 2008, which is up  nearly tenfold since 1992 ­ This doesn’t include people who want cosmetic surgery but can’t afford it ­ Plastic surgeons’ words are shocking too because they point the dissatisfaction of  our bodies deeper than skin; they ask what they dislike about their selves  ­ The assumption is that our bodies our faithfully our selves – that weight,  proportions, hairiness, etc. is fundamentally important about a person’s character ­ The human body isn’t just a wonder of biology but a sociological one as well Summing Up • Various aspects of the human body mean different things and have different  consequences for different cultures, historical periods, and categories of people. • For example, the definition of what constitutes a disability has varied over time  and place, as have strategies for dealing with disabilities. • Similarly, aging is not just a natural process of growth and decline, and age is one  basis of social inequality. SOCIETY AND THE HUMAN BODY The Body and Social Status Height ­ In an experiment, four people of the same height and roughly similar appearances  were introduced to a group of stu
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