By K. Dale

Anatomising Embodiment and supplier thought explores the connection among the human physique and the improvement of social idea approximately firms and organizing. The technology of anatomy is taken as a development 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 construction of information approximately enterprises.

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The other ± the one most dominant in popular culture such as Social Theory and the Body 43 science fiction films ± is derived from the image of the male body (although it is not necessarily male in all its forms). It is aggressive, strong, bounded, protected but penetrating, contained within itself and its identity even when it is able to change physical shape. It is the image portrayed in Terminator and Robocop (Lupton, 1995). Thus I would like to conclude this brief examination of some of the issues surrounding the relationship between technology and the body, with a cyborg from what is commonly acknowledged to be the first cyberpunk novel: Neuromancer by William Gibson (1993).

Lavater's On Physiognomy ran through eighteen editions from 1775 to 1885. The captain of the Beagle, a disciple of Lavater, was very reluctant to allow Darwin on the expedition to South America because he doubted whether anyone with Darwin's nose could have sufficient energy and determination Social Theory and the Body 35 for the voyage (Darwin's own account of it in 1887, vol. 1, pp. 59±60, Synnott, 1993)! By the end of the nineteenth century, anthropology had largely changed from measuring and classifying to listening and watching, although it is still possible to see in twentieth-century anthropological work interest in the body linked with a particular `western' perspective on knowledge and control, which was discussed briefly in the first chapter and which will be developed in Chapter 4.

These are questions that need to be borne in mind when considering the assumptions and consequences of the relationship between organisation studies and the human body. It will have become apparent from this introductory chapter that diverse threads and themes are being woven together. Even though the conventional linear progression of chapters following a line of argument has been used, there is also a sense in which there is a weft 28 Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory of themes that interleave this warp and constitute the material of this text.

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