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Anatomising Embodiment and organization conception explores the connection among the human physique and the improvement of social concept approximately agencies and organizing. The technology of anatomy is taken as a trend for wisdom either one of the human physique and/or firms, and the dual symbols of dissection--the scalpel and the mirror--are used to appreciate the creation of data approximately agencies.

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Finally, I shall look at the work of a number of writers who have attempted to theorise the interconnected nature of the individual, the body and society. 32 Social Theory and the Body 33 THE BODY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE: FROM BIOLOGICAL MATTER TO SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION The `natural' body and the social sciences The body had already been made the central concern of the biological discipline by around the beginning of the nineteenth century (Heilbron, 1995). This is linked to the objectification of the body through anatomy, following its detachment from the mind through the Cartesian tradition.

Thus we can see that the presentation of the combination `science' of biology and society can be a political tool which seeks to justify certain power relations by appealing to a discourse of objectivity and neutrality based on a `natural' body. Changing bodies: the historical and social construction of the body The naturalistic view of the body and the Darwinian tradition are not the only perspectives of the body in the social sciences. The work of Mauss (1973) on `techniques of the body' was perhaps the earliest conceptualisation of the body and its actions as learned behaviour which becomes habitual, differing over time and between cultures (he argues that manners, walking and digging styles differ even between France and Britain).

Whereas the original taboo centred mainly, although not exclusively, around religious beliefs about resurrection, modern criticism is predominantly related to the capitalist context, where body parts are exchanged or patented as part of the cash nexus. Indeed, the continued fragmentation of the body, either literally as in the technologies which physically reshape the body, or figuratively in the information and virtuality technologies, evoke the `anatomising urge' very strongly. In relation to this, it is worth looking at some aspects of the film Disclosure in more detail.

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