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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Thus I have reconstructed this history in terms of what I call the shift from history as biotext to history as sociotext ( see the Conclusion ) , and this provides the frame upon which the following chapters hang .
In the final chapter we shall look at some specific issues in the exercise of modern biopower , or the biotechnological redefinition of mind - body behavior basic to the modern state . For the moment , however , I want to focus on the ...
The urgency of this issue will be seen in Chapter 5 when we consider the technologies of medicalized power that characterize the therapeutic state . Leonard Barkan ( 1975 : 62 ) has suggested that we can trace roughly three stages in ...