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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In this and the following chapters , then , I am urging us to think of the future shape of the world , nature , society and the human family by recollecting our past creativity in self - shaping . To make the future livable , we must ...
Here the real enemy is neo - individualism as we have marketed it in North America and Western Europe ( I do not mean to imply that the industrialized socialist economies have been any the less dangerous to the human future of mankind ) ...
6 Conclusion The Future Shape of Human Beings a Our situation , as we have considered it in the light of our potential for revising the very status of life , requires us to think of all technology as biotechnology – to see that every ...