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 publication details of the original versions of the chapters in this book are as
follows: Chapter 2 (Body, Self and Culture) is elaborated from the original version
published with the title 'Modern Oralities - a cultural topology of the consuming ...
However, in the 1980s a small trickle of books began to appear which both
problematized the body as a topic in social ... The social background to the
emerging interest in the sociology of the body included the political and social
impact of ...
It is now no longer possible to talk about the absence of the body in social theory.
... to the body; one indication of the quality of this recent scholarship is the work
edited by Michel Feher, Fragments for a History of the Human Body (1989).
The human body occupies an ambiguous, even a paradoxical role in cultural
categorizations - from the cosmologies of the archaic societies to the discursive
and non-discursive practices of modern Western civilization. It is the most
My focus is in the historicity of the body, specified, on the one hand, into the
changing modes of thematization, as something subsumed to the Order, and, on
the other hand, to the fates of corporeality or bodiliness as the experientiality of
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Chapter 7 Pornography and the Representation of Presence