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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The complex inter-relationship between Husserl, Heideggar, Foucault and the
growth of the sociology of the body has yet to be fully explored and understood.
However, this critical response to the rationalism of Descartes and the Cartesian
... less obvious basic scheme rendering conceptual means to conceive of the
Order of the outside world and its relation to the inside ~ as exemplified aptly in
the cosmological model which has been so central in our (Western) cultural
In other words, the subject is reduced to a mere product surrounding the
indefinable body, lacking the autonomy that would allow a 'producing'
relationship with the outside and with itself. These other dimensions of subject
At this point the outside appears, not only the outside as distinct from the inside
but also in relation to the object outside - that which was mere insideness (a) but
is transformed into an object through its lack. So, the primary relationship to the ...
The first impression of the scene is that it is a questioning of the relationship
between social and intimate spheres by means of an inversion of the place of
oral and anal functions. A middle-class gathering (a few couples) sitting in a '
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