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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It appears rather as an especially dense transfer point for relations of power : between men and women , young people and old people , parents and offspring , teachers and students , priests and laity , an administration and a ...
In the first creation , paradise appears to be vegetarian . Adam is not to eat from the tree of knowledge , however . God preserves for himself immortality . He alone is the source of life . Man therefore may not take life .
... blending New York and Provence , mixing morals and madness , economy and extravagance , all in a world of vicarious sensations whose only rival appears to be that of the sex manuals , whose metaphors are equally gastronomic .