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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Therefore I want to raise the old 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 .
A wonderful mechanism , since it enables the social body to deal with marginality through a near - total dispossession of private rights , and to encourage positive integration , the renunciation of the question of political right ...
... where the origins and ends of life converge , making us more of a question for ourselves than ever before . ... to have any say in the future shaping of human beings , they must take their stand on the alpha and omega questions .