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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It is a distinctive feature of the metaphor of the body politic that it allows us to stand away from mechano - morphism , that is , machine , cybernetic , and organization metaphors that ( fictionally ) reduce the problem of political ...
This results in huge problems of public health and morality , of criminality and ignorance which beset the ... to the problem of pauperism without generating socialism even though granting rights to work , education , and welfare .
Turning the pages of any modern magazine or scanning TV is enough to cause us to discover that we are still consumed with the problem of authentic human needs but quite unable to erase the line between lives that celebrate unlimited ...