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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Therefore anthropomorphism is an essential human response ; it is a creative force in the civic shaping of human beings and of their civil and divine institutions . It is a conceit of logicians that we could think otherwise .
So at the very time when the church was beginning to achieve recognition as a secular power among other secular legal and political institutions , it thereby offered to these institutions the distinction between Christ's natural body ...
It is for this reason that each of the levels of the body politic is represented in a characteristic institution ... Here I cannot deal with the variety of social science knowledge and alternative socioeconomic institutions that are ...