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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... involved for a considerable amount of the day , at enormous cost and by means of the strangest of ritu- als , are a necessary expression of their commitment to prevailing social mores and values . We must think of the detail of such ...
... involved in its production . Here I refer to the art , myth , and religion that recollect the creation of order . We therefore cannot ignore that neolithic people accumulated a long scientific tradition which still lies at the basis of ...
... involved in which family attitudes are ' engineered ' on behalf of the industrial , commercial , and state system of late capism . The working fam- ily is increasingly subjected to degradation in favor of the family wise in consumption ...