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Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment : a Long-Term Sociological Perspective.

Author: Barbara Górnicka
Publisher: Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 2016.
Series: Figurationen. Schriften zur Zivilisations- und Prozesstheorie.
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Barbara Górnicka presents a sociological investigation - both historical and contemporary - into the problems surrounding naked bodies. She draws on her own participation in a nudist swimming club and goes on to study the often very complex and paradoxical emotions that have been associated with nakedness in the Western world for centuries. The book provides answers not only to why we find exposing our naked bodies  Read more...
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Górnicka, Barbara.
Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment : A Long-Term Sociological Perspective.
Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Górnicka
ISBN: 9783658159849 3658159847
OCLC Number: 961059599
Description: 1 online resource (200 pages).
Contents: Preface; Contents; List of illustrations; 1 Setting the nude scene; 1.1 Main research problems and questions; 1.2 Earlier academic studies of nudism and nakedness; 1.3 Theoretical and conceptual background: dealing with the problem of shame and naked bodies; 1.4 Outline of the book; 2 Among the naturists; 2.1 Gaining access to Club Nautica; 2.2 The first swim; 2.3 St Valentine's Day Party (18 February 2012); 2.4 Conclusion; 3 From lewd to nude: becoming a naturist; 3.1 The initiation-stage naturist: learning how to be a 'real naturist'; 3.2 The first naturist experiences. 3.3 Naturist codes of behaviour3.4 Body management and self-restraint; 3.5 The established stage: becoming a 'real naturist'; 3.6 The naked body versus the sexual body; 3.7 The conflict of identity; 3.8 The transparency issue; 3.9 Gendered aspects of naturism; 3.10 Conclusion; 4 The sociogenesis of nudism; 4.1 'Nature' in naturism; 4.2 The naturist club: a precursor; 4.3 Naked sun salutations and the 'purification' of German society; 4.4 Nationalism, respectability and the rise of nudism; 4.5 The wisdom of the naked17; 4.6 The back garden revolution? The story of Irish naturism. 4.7 Informalisation in the Irish civilising process5 Natural bodies? Nakedness, eroticisation and shame; 5.1 'Human' versus 'nature'; 5.2 'Innate' emotions and 'master' emotions?; 5.3 A short history of nudity in the West; 5.4 Nakedness and bathhouses in ancient Greece and Rome; 5.5 Nudity in Judaism; 5.6 Nudity in Islam; 5.7 Early Christianity and the naked body; 5.8 'The art of choosing the right passions'; 5.9 The titillating naked body; 5.10 The pudenda agenda: between scopophilia and 'bushwhacking'; 5.11 Conclusion; 6 Nakedness as a theoretical problem. 6.1 Norbert Elias and civilising processes6.2 From psychogenesis to sociogenesis; 6.3 Elias and the problem of nakedness; 6.4 Theatrics, sweaty palms and the naked figuration: embarrassment in Goffman and Elias; 6.5 Nakedness and its context; 6.6 The quest for nakedness; 6.7 Conclusion; 7 Nakedness and the theory of taboo; 7.1 Contexts of permitted nudity; 7.2 The theory of taboo; 7.3 A digression on sociology and anthropology; 7.4 Back to Irish naturism; 8 Conclusion; 8.1 Up-close and 'involved'; 8.2 Nature, nakedness and shame; 8.3 Conceptualising the problem of nakedness. 8.4 Ambivalence, involvement and detachment8.5 Final remarks; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Figurationen. Schriften zur Zivilisations- und Prozesstheorie.

Abstract:

Barbara Górnicka presents a sociological investigation - both historical and contemporary - into the problems surrounding naked bodies. She draws on her own participation in a nudist swimming club and goes on to study the often very complex and paradoxical emotions that have been associated with nakedness in the Western world for centuries. The book provides answers not only to why we find exposing our naked bodies shameful, but also why we find it sexual and erotic in the first place. It looks beneath taboos surrounding nakedness today and offers a theoretical explanation for their development over time. On the basis of her historical analysis, the author demonstrates that it was not until the late nineteenth or twentieth century that we began to see nudity as erotic. Contents Setting the Nude Scene From Lewd to Nude: Becoming a Naturist The Sociogenesis of Nudism Natural Bodies? Nakedness, Eroticisation and Shame<Nakedness as a Theoretical Problem Nakedness and the Theory of Taboo Target Groups Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies The Author Dr. Barbara Górnicka completed her doctoral degree in sociology at University College Dublin. She is the Managing Editor of Figurations, the newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation. Her research interests range from sociological theory to sociology of the body, emotions and sexuality.

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