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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The exponential take - off in our body culture within which we may locate cultural studies of every kind of bodily practice guarantees that the present offering can only hope to strike a chord here and there with those who still work ...
For the moment neglecting those intrauterine needs that are present even from the time of conception and leaving aside those that are present even in the process of dying , we may think of life in between these points as the ceaseless ...
At the present time , conventional medicine expends incredibly fine skills on the repair of bodies that our society with its present values serves up as war , road , alcoholic , nicotine , coronary and cancer cases , not to mention the ...