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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... considered sources of either purity or pollution . We generally keep ourselves clean but give ourselves an extra special wash and brush for special occasions for dates , interviews , funerals , or our own weddings . We are as careful to ...
... considered edible and inedible , together with elabo- rate codes for their preparation and serving , it seems unlikely that Harris's cost benefit theorem can be the complete explanation . Indeed , utilitarian- ism of any sort is ...
... considered as an achievement that is fundamental to any higher unity of humankind . Just as the first humans were called upon to think the world with their bodies , today we must once again rethink society , kinship and history with our ...