This seminar is premised on the idea that bodies are socially and culturally located and produced. Norms pertaining to, for example, social class, gender, race and sexuality shape the body. The kinds of inequalities that bodies encounter ? and the privileges that some bodies may enjoy - have effects on our identity. Power and powerlessness are inscribed in bodies, making them reflections of unequal power relations in society. In this course bodies will be considered as surfaces to be shaped and as artifacts that define the person in the body according to wider social assumptions. This seminar seeks to bring the body to the center of sociological analysis. Enrollment limited to 12. Prerequisite: SOC 101 and permission of instructor.