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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... relations , which together compose the social ' body ' , into five categories named after a part of the body or a muscle . Since a stranger must not be ques- tioned , he announces his kinship by moving the relevant muscle . In this case ...
... relation- ships than on its complexes , more on its craving for betterment than on the defense of its acquisitions ... relations ruling women , she proposed ( in the mid - 1960s ) to speak of four structures determining women's social ...
... relations personality is emergent effect of sociability character is a correlate of disease and cure disease is embedded in self / society relations Ivan Illich ( 1975 , 1977 ) has argued that the medicalization of the body in Western ...