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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... Death , for as to this Body the King never dies , and his natural Death is not called in our Law ( as Harper said ) , the Death of the King , but the Demise of the King , not signifying by the Word ( Demise ) that the Body politic of ...
... death from a personal challenge into a technical problem and thereby expropriate the potential of people to deal with their condition in an autonomous way . ( Navarro , 1979 ) The medicalization of the body is a dramatic part of the ...
... death , for a restoration of the theater of life and death in which we can be restored to the sacrificial sense of our own good and evil . Unlike the Cross or the Star of David , the photos and magazine sketches that trace Brooks's death ...