Select bibliography

The chapter notes give the full bibliography, and detailed recommendations for further reading. This is a small selection of basic texts, divided into broad themes for easy use: methodology, primary sources, bio-physicality, body-art and cosmetics, purity and asceticism, hot and cold bathing, medical history, and material culture and domestic technology.


Adam, Barbara, Timewatch: The Social Analysis of Time (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995).

Braudel, Fernand, On History (Ecrits sur l'histoire), trans. Sarah Matthews (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1980).

Elias, Norbert, The Civilising Process: Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations, trans. Edmund Jephcott (1939; Oxford: Blackwell, 2000).

--Time: An Essay, trans. Edmund Jephcott (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993).

Feher, Michel, Ramona Nadeff, Nadia Tazi, and E. Alliez (eds.), Fragments for a History of the Human Body (New York: Zone; Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1989).

Giddens, Anthony, Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991).

Shilling, Chris, The Body and Social Theory (London: Sage, 1993).

Primary Sources

Buchan, William, Domestic Medicine: or, A Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases by Regimen and Simple Medicines (1769; London, 1803). Celsus, De Medicina, trans. W. G. Spencer, 3 vols. (London: William

Heinemann; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1935). Ovid, The Love Poems, trans. A. D. Melville (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990).

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Emile, or, Education, trans. Barbara Foxley (London: Dent, 1911).

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