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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The issues here have become ever more urgent since the 1980s and 1990s with the development of the bio - state / market complex with which I close the book but not the continuing argument which will likely refigure all our relationships ...
1 tangible life that comes and goes , moving from the lower to the higher body until the intellect and reason become the seat of the soul . By the same token , the world becomes flesh , logos of the world , which is God .
Any consideration of global health – since that is the ultimate direction of our concerns - cannot ignore the global spread of industrial contamination that destroys the capacity of nature to become a culture .