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A high-water mark in such a development has been reached in our Western European civilization. (Freud, 1979: 41) Since Freud’s attempt to analyse taboo as the basis of civilized life, both psychoanalysis and anthropology have reconceptualized totemism as a system of classiﬁcations. Language, not prohibitions, constitutes the division between culture and nature, but the same theme of desire versus power is central to much recent structuralist analysis. Language is an impersonal system of communication in which we surrender our individuality.
Desires are now inscribed in private bodies separated from the hygienic space of the public world. Sociology of the Body To write a sociology of the body is thus not to write a treatise on society and physiology. It involves the historical analysis of the spatial organization of 39 The Body and Society bodies and desire in relation to society and reason. The principal contours of such a study may be stated as the following. (1) For the individual and the group, the body is simultaneously an environment (part of nature) and a medium of the self (part of culture).
For example, Durkheim, who is often regarded as the sociological determinist par excellence, also adhered to the model of double-man. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life argued: Man is double. There are two beings in him: an individual being which has its foundation in the organism and the circle of whose activities is therefore strictly limited, and a social being which represents the highest reality in the intellectual and moral order that we can know by observation – I mean society. (Durkheim, 1961, p.