The Consuming Body
This is a fascinating examination of the relationship between consumption, the idea of the body and the formation of the self. In tracing these connections, The Consuming Body develops a profile of individuality in the late twentieth century - in both its bodily and mental aspects.
Pasi Falk offers a major synthesis and critical assessment of the debates surrounding the body, the self and contemporary consumer culture. He explores two fundamental issues for modern social theory - the delineation of modern consumption and the body's historically changing position in various cultural orders. In the course of his argument he examines both metaphors of consumption and investigates the issues of representation in advertising and pornography.
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... and friends at the University of Helsinki for inspiring discussions around the
themes of body and consumption. ... Self and Culture) is elaborated from the
original version published with the title 'Modern Oralities - a cultural topology of
In Pasi Falk's hands, this Gemeinschaft/Gescllschaft distinction is transformed
into a theory of the body/self/society such that the communal bonds of the ritual
meal are eventually replaced by the privatized forms of consumption in modern ...
My specific theme is modern consumption, a theme which is approached by
means of an interpretative scheme linking these three figures — body, self and
culture (or society) — together. Thus the overall theme, reaching from
corporeality to ...
And, second, modern consumption is thematized as the primary realm of
selfconstruction, offering material for both its social and personal dimensions,
and for both sides of individuation - as separation and as self-completion.
Beginning with ...
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Chapter 7 Pornography and the Representation of Presence