The Consuming Body

The Consuming Body

by Pasi Falk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803989741

ISBN-13: 9780803989740

Pub. Date: 09/09/1994

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This book provides 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

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This book provides 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 current social theory - the delineation of modern consumption and our understanding of the nature of embodiment. In the course of his argument he examines both metaphors and anthropologies of consumption and discusses key questions raised by representation in advertising and pornography. At the same time, the book highlights the body's historically changing position in various cultural orders.

Concerned throughout with the contingent nature of definitions of the body, as well as with the culturally and historically specific notions of the self and its boundaries, this book posits a new theory of the consuming body in relation to the embodied human condition.

The Consuming Body will be essential reading for students and academics in cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and philosophy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803989740
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/09/1994
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series, #30
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface - Bryan S Turner
Introduction
Body, Self and Culture
Corporeality and History
Towards an Historical Anthropology of Taste
Consuming Desire
Selling Good(s)
On the Genealogy of Modern Advertising
Pornography and the Representation of Presence

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