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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... serve yourself - only you are responsible for how and what you eat . Once you have paid for McMeal , you are on your own . You serve the food ; you seat yourself ; you pace your meal ; you clean up the remains : McCommunion 1 Get in ...
... serve the body politic in respect of the new economy of biomedical artifacts , operations , and exchanges . Thus the gift of blood has no price ; it must be rich ; it cannot be withheld . Its availability is the mark of a charitable ...
... serve its purpose and thereby to earn a similarly well - produced return . The gifts of milk and blood are not good because they are exchanged , but are exchanged because they are good , for society and for posterity . Life is doubled ...