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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Indeed , this latter conception itself , as manifested in the idea of God , amounts to nothing less than an objectification of a creative urge that is no longer satisfied with self - reproduction , but must ...
We are , of course , enormously ambivalent about either side of these controls . We prefer to think that we rule our bodies rather than being ruled by them – without giving much thought to the body politic implicit in this conception of ...
This rhetorical conception of the body politic for which I shall argue differs from the rhetoric of the ... the production and maintenance of social order , making alternative conceptions of society seem utopian and irrational .