Bryan S. Turner was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge (1998ï¿½2005) and at the National University of Singapore (2005ï¿½09). He is currently the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College USA and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has published The New Medical Sociology (W. W. Norton & Co, 2004) and The Body & Society (Sage, 2008). Kathy Davis is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of History and Culture, Utrecht University. Previous publications include Negotiating at the Margins (Rutgers University Press, 1992), Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body (Sage, 1997), The Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies (Sage, 2006).Mary Evans is Professor of Women's Studies at Kent University. Recent publications include Love: An Unromantic Discussion (Polity,2002), Gender and Social Theory (Open University Press, 2003), Killing Thinking : The Death of the Universities (Continuum, 2004), the Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies (Sage, 2006), and A Short History of Society (Open University Press, 2007).Victoria Pitts is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her publications include In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification (Palgrave, 2003) and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2007). She is also editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body (Greenwood Press, 2008) and co-editor of the journal Women's Studies Quarterly.Darin Weinberg is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Cambridge University.Soon-hee Whang is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Institute of Social Science, Tsukuba University. She has published extensively in educational sociology, cultural sociology, and sports sociology in Korean, Japanese, and English. She is the author, in Japanese, of Japan's Elite High Schools (Sekai, 1998) and 'Sports Within Culture: The Paradox of Sport and Spectacle in Korean Sumo' in For Those Learning Sports Sociology , eds Inoue and Kameyama (Sekai, 1999).