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:
ˇ articulating a cosmology
ˇ a body politic
ˇ a productivensumptive economy
ˇ a bio-technological frontier of human design and transplantation
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Generally speaking , sociology is the study of the rules and normative behavior that proceed from people's ... We conceive of public order dualistically , that is to say as the rule of mind over matter , or of reason over the senses .
( Lévi - Strauss , 1966 : 168-9 ) It is a conceit of ours that if society rules us at all it does so in our minds rather ... We prefer to think that we rule our bodies rather than being ruled by them – without giving much thought to the ...
The Jewish dietary rules , therefore , may be regarded as what Vico would call a ' severe poem ' , dedicated to the political preservation of a people whose holiness is the mark of their will to survive . Can we say more as to why the ...