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Embodiment and Experience

Embodiment and Experience
The Existential Ground of Culture and Self

Part of Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

Thomas J. Csordas, Terence Turner, M. L. Lyon, J. M. Barbalet, Lindsay French, Anne E. Becker, Thomas Ots, Setha M. Low, Janis H. Jenkins, Martha Valiente, Carol Laderman, Jean Jackson, E. Valentine Daniel, Cathy Winkler
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  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521458900


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  • Students of culture have been increasingly concerned with the ways in which cultural values are 'inscribed' on the body. These essays go beyond this passive construal of the body to a position in which embodiment is understood as the existential condition of cultural life. From this standpoint embodiment is reducible neither to representations of the body, to the body as an objectification of power, to the body as a physical entity or biological organism, nor to the body as an inalienable centre of individual consciousness. This more sensate and dynamic view is applied by the contributors to a variety of topics, including the expression of emotion, the experience of pain, ritual healing, dietary customs, and political violence. Their purpose is to contribute to a phenomenological theory of culture and self - an anthropology that is not merely about the body, but from the body.

    • Book focuses on the relationship between the body and its experiences a subject which is in vogue just now
    •  Readership should extend to medical anthropologists and psychological anthropologists
    • Contributors are well known in their field which will encourage adoption for teaching courses in the US
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    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521458900
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the body as representation and being-in-the-world Thomas J. Csordas
    Part I. Paradigms and Polemics:
    1. Bodies and anti-bodies: flesh and fetish in contemporary social theory Terence Turner
    2. Society's body: emotion and the 'somatization' of social theory M. L. Lyon and J. M. Barbalet
    Part II. Form, Appearance and Movement:
    3. The political economy of injury and compassion: amputees on the Thai-Cambodia border Lindsay French
    4. Nurturing and negligence: working on others' bodies in Fiji Anne E. Becker
    5. The silenced body - the expressive Leib: on the dialectic of mind and life in Chinese cathartic healing Thomas Ots
    Part III. Self, Sensibility, and Emotion:
    6. Embodied metaphors: nerves as lived experience Setha M. Low
    7. Bodily transactions of the passions: El Calor among Salvadoran women refugees Janis H. Jenkins and Martha Valiente
    8. The embodiment of symbols and the acculturation of the anthropologist Carol Laderman
    Part IV. Pain and Meaning:
    9. Chronic pain and the tension between the body as subject and object Jean Jackson
    10. The individual in terror E. Valentine Daniel
    11. Rape trauma: contexts of meaning Cathy Winkler
    12. Words from the Holy People: a case study in cultural phenomenology Thomas J. Csordas.

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    Thomas J. Csordas, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio


    Thomas J. Csordas, Terence Turner, M. L. Lyon, J. M. Barbalet, Lindsay French, Anne E. Becker, Thomas Ots, Setha M. Low, Janis H. Jenkins, Martha Valiente, Carol Laderman, Jean Jackson, E. Valentine Daniel, Cathy Winkler

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