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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Americans , it will be said , are the world's busiest people . They therefore collectively use and produce enormous quantities of energy ranging from hydroelectricity to oil and , of course , proteins on the individual level .
The cycle begins with the enormously increased productivity of American grains as a result of genetic seed ... Americans ingeniously give grain away , waste food , and dump dairy products abroad , but nothing disposes of as much ...
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 individual and corporate relations . The American ideology phrases institutions as ...