Five Bodies: Re-figuring Relationships
Five Bodies offers an introduction to some of the most urgent contemporary concerns within the sociology of the body.
The book was first published in 1985 in the USA by Cornell University Press, and was nominated for the John Porter Award (sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association). A path breaking book, it offered a framework for the growing field of the sociology of the body and opened up 'the body' for sociological research.
This new edition (the previous edition was published by Cornell University Press (1985) has been substantially revised and updated to address today's issues of the body in modern life, community and politics.
John O'Neill examines how embodied selves and relationships are being re-shaped and re-figured and how the embodied figures of the polity, economy and society represent the contested notions of identity, desire, wholeness and fragmentation. He focuses upon those cultural practices through which we map our macro-micro worlds:
· articulating a cosmology
· a body politic
· a productivensumptive economy
· a bio-technological frontier of human design and transplantation
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... American food . In other words , Americans eat high on the hog ; and when they stop to look around , they view those who don't as either poor , unsuccessful , lazy , or sick , or else as food freaks opting out of the mainstream ...
... Americans ingeniously give grain away , waste food , and dump dairy products abroad , but nothing disposes of as much American grain as the American steer . In the conversion of plant protein to animal protein , the average steer ...
... Americans are unsure whether America is built upon individuals or upon families . In practice , each covers for the other - and the same is true of indi- vidual and corporate relations . The American ideology phrases institutions as ...