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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the ultimate social sanction is incarceration , confining the body , and submitting it to pain , torture , hunger , and perhaps even execution ( Scarry , 1985 ) . Revolutionaries , rebels , heretics , delinquents , criminals , and even ...
Its strength lies in a social architectonics whose characteristic feature is always to couple an exterior intervention with conflicts or differences of potential within the family : the protection of poor children which allowed for the ...
again that we are social bodies . At the heart of every social system there lies the reciprocal gift – the exchange that binds people together for the sake of everything and anything else that they may undertake .