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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... requires that anthropomorphism be regarded as a constitutive feature of modern knowledge rather than as an idol of human ignorance . Among those who have realized the implications of modern quantum physics , there is an urgent appeal ...
... requires sixteen pounds of grain per pound of meat on the table , hogs require six , turkeys four , chickens three , and milk one per pint . Or , to look at the matter the other way around , an acre of cereals yields five times more ...
... require a genetic test before marriage license is issued Breeding goals 3 . e.g. , artificial insemination ; parents ... requires once again that we learn to demarcate civic economy of altruism in which we learn once again that we are ...