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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My perspective on embodied society is achieved through an historical and structural approach characteristic of classical studies , anthropology and Hegelian / Marxist sociology ( O'Neill , 1982c ; 1996 ) . This obliges me to look for ...
We are continuously caught up and engaged in the embodied look of things , especially in the look of others and of ourselves . Although philosophers and moralists have decried our attachment to appearances and superficialities ...
... competences whose work achieves an incarnate society , that is , the embodied reality of everyday life . Of course , our carnal knowledge of embodied persons is always defeasible in the light of our further experience with them .