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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That is why the woven material is called soy , which means ' It is the spoken word . ' Soy also means ' seven , ' as the Spirit who spoke as he wove was seventh in the series of ancestors . ( Griaule , 1965 : 28 ) It was , however ...
The bricoleur is not tied to the distinctive materials or procedures of a given craft . Rather , s / he moves into a neighboring craft whenever the need to improvise arises , a need that he is able to see within the materials at hand ...
The price of the choice is the interchangeability of the raw material of humanity , bringing DNA into the same market where human labor still struggles with the gap between the sovereignty of consumption and the servitude of production ...