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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... functions in a unity the family which is precisely unified in the natural part of each function , is the root cause of the contemporary social definition of women as natural beings . Hence the main thrust of any emancipation movement ...
... functions . To repeat an earlier shibboleth , must try to see what it is that commodities are good for thinking as ... function of satisfying natural needs so much as its accommodation to the pursuit of an insatiable need for social ...
... functions 8. illness / death are specifically physical / mental 9. personality is engine of behavioral displays 10 ... function differentiation illness / health are a function of social and spiritual relations personality is emergent ...