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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... practices through which we map our macro - micro worlds , articulating a cosmology , a body politic , a commensal ... practice which remains a civilizing source as we explore futuristic inner and outer worlds . Five Bodies is also ...
... practice . To come to terms with such a movement , we must critically rethink the analytic practices of economics , politics , medicine , and the social sciences , a process we shall attempt in the following chapters . Social scientists ...
... practice this civic rule , we must think the future as the present in order not to disconnect it from our everyday living and the fundamental ground of moral criticism which is rooted in our carnal knowl- edge of the good and evil we ...