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:
ˇ articulating a cosmology
ˇ a body politic
ˇ a productivensumptive economy
ˇ a bio-technological frontier of human design and transplantation
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... become ever more urgent since the 1980s and 1990s with the development of the bio - state / market complex with ... becomes more pronounced with the discovery of the immune body / self , the agent of political conflict , defend- ing ...
... become the seat of the soul . By the same token , the world becomes flesh , logos of the world , which is God . Lévi - Strauss ( 1966 ) has pointed out that we cannot separate ourselves from so - called primitives ( our archaic ...
... become a culture . Hitherto , the function of myth was to reveal the dialectic of reciprocity between society and nature , between cleanness and dirt , civil and savage , male and female , between the human and the monstrous . To the ...