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 story takes off from the sensory and sensual body (Chapter 2) moving then to
a topological characterization of the role of the interactive body openings which
allows us to build a bridge from the body to the self and finally contextualize both
Beginning with the sensory and sensual body I shall proceed into the 'topology' of
body openings which allows us to build a bridge from the body to the self and
finally contextualize both of these to culturally and historically specific Orders.
Thus it would seem that the historical change of sensory organization ~
conventionally conceived as a shift of emphasis from the close senses to the
distant ones, or 'from the primacy of hearing and touching to the primacy of
seeing' (Ginzburg, ...
Surely the sensory receptors are located on the body surface. Nevertheless, the
mode in which the subject is defined within the cultural Order (or social structure)
has crucial implications for the way the inside/outside distinction is structured.
The mouth The perspective outlined above allows us to focus on one of the
central aspects which grants the mouth a particular role as a sensory body
opening, especially as the site of judgement. It is not due to the discriminating
powers of the ...
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