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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... state rather than its dismissal as a uniquely disciplinary complex , as argued by Foucault ( O'Neill , 1995 ) . ... with which I close the book but not the continuing argument which will likely refigure all our relationships .
In The Theory of the Leisure Class ( 1925 ) , Veblen argued that what confers upon the pursuit of wealth its insatiable nature is not its function of satisfying natural needs so much as its accommodation to the pursuit of an insatiable ...
This is not , of course , an argument that we can do without medicine . Rather , the question is whether we need as much medicine as we have , for whom we have it , and for what we have it , and whether we should abandon all paramedical ...