The Consuming Body

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SAGE, Sep 9, 1994 - Social Science - 238 pages
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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. The author 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 i

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Corporeality and History
45
Towards an Historical Anthropology of Taste
68
Consuming Desire
93
on the genealogy of modern advertising
151
Pornography and the Representation of Presence
186
References
218
Name Index
232
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About the author (1994)

Pasi Falk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

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