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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This shape was inverted , however , giving the Granary of Pure Earth a circular bottom representing the Sun , and a square top representing the Sky with a circular opening to represent the Moon ...
The civic body politic represents a common legacy that enables each one in the name of others . So long as we continue to be birthed and familied of one another , the bodily social , and libidinal orders of living will not be separable ...
It is for this reason that each of the levels of the body politic is represented in a characteristic institution - the ... to date , the institutionalization of these ' revolutionary ' demands continues to represent a challenge to all ...