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Body and Time

Bodily Rhythms and Social Synchronism in the Digital Media Society

Editor(s): Bianca Maria Pirani, Thomas S. Smith
Contributors: Bianca Maria Pirani, Thomas S. Smith, Bianca Maria Pirani, Stephen Benard, Robert J. Schmidt, Chan Langaret,

Book Description

Body and Time is an innovative and concise survey of penetrating essays, conceptualizing the body as a physiological system embedded in a social network. In its complex and multilayered structure, it is aligned to and overlaps with other related functions. Contributors to this publication are members of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 54 – ‘The Body in the Social Sciences’, and their contributions specifically refer to the RC54 Mid-Term Conference – ‘The Mobile Interface and Social Change’, held at ‘Sapienza’, University of Rome, 6 December, 2012.

What distinguishes the architecture of the book is that, collectively, it constitutes a challenge to the digital media paradigm in which the body is treated simply as a two dimensional icon of space and time; a relatively ‘free form’ with all kinds of narratives generated by the multimedia.

Order in sequence should, indeed, be the key phrase incorporating four incisive problems dealt with in the thirteen chapters forming the ‘body’ of the book: identity, temporality, hierarchy and territoriality. In short, the volume demonstrates how fundamentally different ways of experiencing time are also determined by the differing cultural use of bodily rhythms – a ‘two-sided narration’ namely, of space and time. Central to the understanding of this interdependence is the study of interpersonal synchronization – increasing knowledge through the investigation of how rhythm, music, chants, dance, prayer and other harmonizing practices support social integration.

This book will attract wide interest, especially from students, researchers and academics in the social sciences, neurosociology, digital studies and further afield.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4715-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4715-1
Date of Publication: 01/05/2013
Pages / Size: 295 / A5
Price: £44.99


Bianca Maria Pirani, Professor of Sociology of Cultural Networks at the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Political Sciences, Communication, and Sociology, “Sapienza”, University of Rome, is President and Program Coordinator of Research Committee 54 “The Body in the Social Sciences” of the International Sociological Association. She is an Editorial Board member of Sage Studies in International Sociology. She has published widely on the ever increasing insights into the relations between human bodies and social knowledge as the editor or author of: “Current Sociology” in Bodily Order: Mind, Emotion and Social Memory, vol. 53, no. 2 (Sage, 2006); The New Boundaries between Bodies and Technologies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008); Acting Bodies and Social Networks, Volume I: The Body as Social Icon and Volume II: Mapping Bodies in Networked Space (University Press of America); and Learning from Memory: Body, Memory and Technology in a Globalizing World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008). Her forthcoming books in the English language are Beyond the Skin: The Boundary between Bodies and Technologies in New Mobility Spaces and Embodiment: The Mirror Neurons and the Digital Space.