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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We are continuously caught up and engaged in the embodied look of things , especially in the look of others and of ourselves . Although philosophers and moralists have decried our attachment to appearances and superficialities ...
2 Social Bodies When we turn from the world's body to look at the smaller world of society and kinship , we are struck to find that people have also conceived the relation between their individual lives and the institutions of society ...
In other words , Americans eat high on the hog ; and when they stop to look around , they view those who don't as either poor , unsuccessful , lazy , or sick , or else as food freaks opting out of the mainstream , munching on vegetarian ...