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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Rather , I am concerned to rethink the civic legacy bequeathed to us in the sociopoetics of the first humans whose ... The truly unthinkable side of our civilizational discontent is that we may well be the first human society to think ...
a Despite the dictionary , I propose that human beings cannot do without the practice of anthropomorphism . If they were to refrain from it entirely , the world would assume a character more alien than that of any deity .
( Barkan , 1975 : 28 ) In the Renaissance , Pico della Mirandola attributed humanity's glory to our body believing that it is only our ... Only human beings can become an angel or a beast ; or , as we might now add , a cyborg .