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Five Bodies
Re-figuring Relationships



January 2004 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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

 
Introduction
The Prosthetic God: Our Two Bodies  
 
The World's Body
 
Social Bodies
 
The Body Politic
 
Consumer Bodies
 
Medical Bodies
 
The Future Shape of Human Beings

'His discussion is enlivened with a remarkable and often arresting array of evidence and illustrative materials drawn from the social sciences, the media, literature and the arts…unique and wide-ranging' - Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology

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