The Consuming Body
SAGE, 1994 M07 21 - 256 páginas
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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These studies were influenced by a variety of theoretical and philosophical
traditions, but the work of Michel Foucault (1981, 1987 and 1988) was clearly of
major significance in the development of a general analysis of the body. In
addition to ...
... and its various manifestations as an entity embedded in or subsumed to the
Order — be it practical or discursive, or both simultaneously, as Foucault would
have it — but also acting as a site of transgression which resists Order.
This is precisely where post-structuralist thought thematizes the human body,
primarily drawing on the psychoanalytical discourse, even if in a critical manner (
Deleuze and Guattari, 1983 ; Foucault, 1981 ). The concept of the ...
These other dimensions of subject constitution presuppose the very 'site' (which
Foucault had eliminated) redefining it as a — more or less narrow — room for
manoeuvre, to certain degrees of freedom. These are precisely the missing ...
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Chapter 7 Pornography and the Representation of Presence