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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In short , there is a pervasive dualist symbolism to which the right and left hand are assimilated as part of the world's order : How could man's body , the microcosm , escape the law of polarity which governs everything ?
This idea of dirt takes us straight into the field of symbolism and promises a link - up with more obviously symbolic systems of purity . ( Douglas , 1970 : 48 ) Food in our mouths is where it should be ; visible as we chew or on our ...
3 The Body Politic a Every political community has to find a symbolic expression of its beliefs concerning the sources , sustenance and potential threats to the orderly conduct of its members . Thus the imagery of the body politic ...