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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This is the carnal ground of our social knowledge . Because society is never a disembodied spectacle , we engage in social interaction from the very start on the basis of sensory and aesthetic impressions : a a ...
Modern physics has restored the fundamental effects of embodied perception in its theory of knowledge . The complicity between the embodied knower and the objects of scientific knowledge requires that anthropomorphism be regarded as a ...
Here I cannot deal with the variety of social science knowledge and alternative socioeconomic institutions that are generated at these various levels of the body politic ( we shall examine the functions of biomedical discourse in this ...