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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... side , just wide enough to let a man's body pass . This opening was called the mouth of the granary and the rest of the granary was called the world's belly . The interior was divided into four partitioned chambers above and below ...
... side , we may very well admit the basic phenomenon of organic asymmetry . Most people are right- handed , and relatively few are left - handed - by nature , as we say - while others seem to be ambidextrous , educable to either side ...
... side will characterize the other according to its own wit . But it will be difficult for either side to ground its own wit in sound institutions . Such is the predicament of postmodernity : the fundamentalists will invoke an arcadian ...