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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( Borgstrom , 1973 : 64 ) What is even more astonishing is the nature of the production process that supplies the American passion for meat as a central dish , whether at home , in restaurants , or in fast food chains .
a So it is that if production creates the wants it seeks to satisfy , or if the wants emerge pari passu with the production , then the urgency of the wants can no longer be used to defend the urgency of the production .
modern economy makes a powerful claim to be the sole source of the good life and the principal training ground of the moral qualities required for its successful production , if not consumption .