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
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
... (Merleau-Ponty, 1981) - does undoubtedly strengthen the role of the human
body as a means of expression in communicative social relationships. A move
towards a more closed body which controls its bodily and affective ex-pressions
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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Chapter 7 Pornography and the Representation of Presence