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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It acts as the basic model for cosmological schemes and not just the mere
anthropomorphism of the so-called primitive cosmologies but also as a less
obvious basic scheme rendering conceptual means to conceive of the Order of
the outside ...
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 ...
The first perspective on the topic of the consuming body will be opened by means
of a 'topological' scheme linking body, self and culture together. Here the line
from human corporeality to consumption could be summarized in the following
The first topological scheme (a) depicts a state of (mother—child) symbiosis,
which is a biological reality in the pre-natal condition but which is continued in
the early post-natal phase as a mental and cultural reality. In the symbiotic
situation the ...
A tribal society is not lacking hierarchical structures, which are moulded
according to the kinship system and whatever sub-categories it involves. Then
again, the hierarchy itself is to be conceived of as a scheme of concentric circles,
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