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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It appears rather as an especially dense transfer point for relations of power : between men and women , young people and old people , parents and offspring , teachers and students , priests and laity , an administration and a ...
2 Social Bodies When we turn from the world's body to look at the smaller world of society and kinship , we are struck to find that people have also conceived the relation between their individual lives and the institutions of society ...
... function differentiated functions differentiation 8. illness / death are specifically illness / health are a function of social and physical / mental spiritual relations 9. personality is engine of behavioral personality is emergent ...