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.
... in the story outlining the corporeality of (modern) consumption - as I shall try to
explicate in the following — not only due to its role as the primal organ of
consumption (eating) but also due to its expressive functions, as an organ of
This is, however, too hasty a conclusion which disregards the change in the
functions of the different senses. Undoubtedly, sensory stimulation in the modern
condition is dominated especially by the visual (Bell, 1976: 105-8) giving primacy
To make this clearer, let us return to the body — and the mouth — by means of a
figure illustrating the re-structuration of the oral functions in the 'civilizing process'
(Figure 2.4). Elias focuses on the areas of exclusion from the vantage point of ...
Then again, the 'permitted' oral functions are structured as a binary opposition in
which speech is granted the status of pure (sublimated) excorporation (E), as
expression and communication. So, maybe this is the locus of the 'informalizing ...
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