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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In this sense , it reflects an unhealthy distortion of the community's political life and a denial of the community's failure to cope with the poor , the sick , the aged and those whom it regards , as ' colored people .
By this I mean that we must regard the productive body as an extension of the economy and not simply as a factor of production like labor . Like its labor power , the fetishizations of the productive body exist only in a market economy ...
If there is any central covenant in such a family , it centers upon a mutual regard for the television wherein such arrangements are commercially celebrated ( O'Neill , 2002a ) . What is seen is the war of each against all ; mothers and ...