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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... institutions . It is a conceit of logicians that we could think otherwise . Yet , how dare I reinvent anthropomorphism ? Even if I am not afraid of fallacy , oughtn't I to respect intellectual fashion ? We do not belong in our own cre ...
... institutions as nothing but a set of individuals while promoting the individual as America's greatest institution ( O'Neill , 1993 ) . This encourages Americans to regard themselves as more alike than not , however unequal their corpo ...
... institutions that are generated at these various levels of the body politic ( we shall examine the functions of biomedical dis- course in this regard in Chapter 5 ) . I would point out , however , that the articulation of the libidinal ...