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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How such arguments proceed is nicely illustrated in Robert Hertz's ( 1960 ) study of the right hand . ... Yet , as we know , we use our hands quite differently , neglecting , avoiding , а and even dishonoring the left hand , while ...
а and even dishonoring the left hand , while preferring and according all sorts of privileges to the right . Each of us can imagine instances of the inequality we assign to our hands for particular purposes – as in greetings , or in ...
The two strategies were designed to transform the family into a buffer against pauperism , on the one hand , by shoring up the practice of family savings and family assistance , and against irresponsible patriarchy on the other ...