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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conditions of the modern individual. The structural basis of the modern individual
self involves a contradictory dynamics of separation and completion; to be a
separate individual on the outside, or in social terms, in relation to the others, and
Furthermore, all cultures have their own range of pleasurable 'stimulants' and
actually most modern Western ones ... Then again, the tendency should be
conceived of rather as a symptom of the oral character of the modern individual
self in its ...
Food to words Now let us now turn to the modern meal and to the specific mode
in which the two dimensions of orality ... The situation is, however, quite different
in the social gathering of 'dining out' where each makes his or her individual ...
(Rath, 1984: 321) The partakers of a modern meal are no longer 'dissolved' into a
unity by means of the shared and ... The gospel of self-realization As long as the
contradictory dynamic of the modern individual self is conceived of merely in ...
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