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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They therefore came down from heaven with the fibers of plants to clothe the earth in a skirt . ... The fibers of the earth's dress were channels of moisture full of Nummo , which is the warm air upon which speech floats .
29 ) Due to a further breach of order in Heaven , the Dogon received the third Word , which is built into the Granary of Pure Earth , the model for all the village granaries . The construction of each granary reflects the elements and ...
Yet these may ye eat of every winged insect that goeth upon all four , which have legs above their feet , with which to leap upon the earth ; Even these of them ye may eat : the locust after its kind , and the bald locust after its kind ...