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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... question : who makes us ? This is the anthropomorphic question . By asking it and in looking for responses to it , we make ourselves human . - - It is essential for us to proceed in this way . We cannot otherwise estab- lish the radical ...
... question of political right through the private pursuit of wellbeing . ( Donzelot , 1979 : 94 ) We have always to remember that the tendencies I am describing are never in practice wholly congruent with one another . Thus it is possible ...
... question for ourselves than ever before . If today's humanists are to have any say in the future shaping of human beings , they must take their stand on the alpha and omega questions . They must , in other words , be concerned with the ...