If the ‘social body’ comes into and recedes from focus in social work literature, the physiological body is even harder to find. The major practice theories upon which social work is reliant have provided little consideration of biology, and there are few professional journal articles that focus exclusively on the relevance of the physiological for social work. This provides some indication that social workers, in their daily practice, are largely unmindful of the physical body. In particular, social work lacks a strong literature on physiological aspects of phenomena such as emotion, cognition and sensation. It is on this set of concerns that this chapter focuses.
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