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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This is the carnal ground of our social knowledge . Because society is never a disembodied spectacle , we engage in social interaction from the very start on the basis of sensory and aesthetic impressions : a a ...
Rather , my purpose is to keep alive the ground from which science starts and to which its promise is beholden . I shall argue , therefore , that the ground of universal science is the world's body .
possible only on the ground of that first poetic logic whereby people thought the world with their bodies : The human mind is naturally inclined by the senses to see itself externally in the body and only with great difficulty does it ...