Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self. THOMAS J. CSORDAS, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xii + The collection features articles by Joseph Alter, Thomas Csordas, Lochlann Jain, To argue by analogy, a phenomenological paradigm of embodiment can be. Anthropological engagements with embodiment have several Csordas is one of the earlier edited collections marking the rise of.

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This shorthand characterization of affect invites a number of questions. How must affect theorists understand “language” in order to then oppose it to “felt bodily intensity”? Why csorras affect aligned with the energetic, dynamic and new; while emotion is cast as static, deadening, ossifying?

How must both time and the social be understood such that affect is presumed to come before the social, without being nonsocial? The articles collected in this collection address the above qustions through different research methods and analytic objects.

Significantly, they focus on how other analytic foci—namely, sense perception and embodiement—add to the field of discussion. We invite you to read their materials and visit the associated supplemental pages.

I embodient argue that the wrestler’s identity is the product of a precise “disciplinary mechanics” and that this psychosomatic identity is central to an ideology of national, moral reform. Embodiment as a paradigm or methodological orientation requires that the body be understood as the existential ground of culture-not as an object that is “good to think,” but as a subject that is “necessary to be.

Much as Barthes draws a distinction between the work and the text, a distinction can be drawn between the body and embodiment.

Affect, Embodiment and Sense Perception — Cultural Anthropology

For Barthes, the work is a fragment of substance, the material object that occupies the space of a bookstore or a library shelf. The text, in contrast, is an indeterminate methodological field that exists only when caught up in a discourse, and that is experienced only as activity and production In parallel fashion, the body is a biological, material entity, while embodiment can be understood as an indeterminate methodological field defined by perceptual experience and the mode of presence and engagement in the world.


As applied to anthropology, the model of the text means that cultures can be understood, for purposes of internal and comparative analysis, to have properties similar to texts Ricoeur In contrast, the paradigm of embodiment means not that cultures have the same structure as bodily experience, but that embodied experience is the starting point for analyzing human participation in a cultural world.

Impressions of Cup Corals”. Following Haraway’s lead, I attend to how different species sense and apprehend one another, leaving impressions—concrescences of perceptual data, or texture. This essay reports on fieldwork alongside marine biologists and with a population of cup corals B.

While I assisted researchers who were studying metabolic rates and reproductive strategies in coral communities, these cup corals simultaneously taught me that being and sensing are inextricably enfolded. We were variously situated—corals generating generations, me interpretations. This article argues for the importance of rewriting the conventional atrocity narrative about violence in King Leopold’s Congo Free State in relation to the present, the ongoing war-related humanitarianism and sexual violence in the DRC.

The central idea is to push beyond the shock and tenacity of the visual, the ubiquitous mutilation photographs that tend to blot out all else; and instead seek weaker, more fragile acoustic traces in a diverse archive with Congolese words and sounds.

This sensory, nonspectral mode of parsing the archive tells us something new about the immediacy of violence, its duration in memory, and the bodily and reproductive effects of sexually torturing women.

The sound of twisted laughter convulsed around forms of sexual violence that were constitutive of reproductive ruination during the rubber regime in Leopold’s Congo. The work of strategically tethering the past to the present should not be about forging historicist links across time but about locating repetitions and difference, including differences embbodiment humanitarian modes and strategies in the early 20th and the early 21st centuries. The academic literature still tends to take Audre Lorde as the primary feminist theorist of breast cancer, and her The Cancer Journals remains, nearly three decades out, the embofiment word on breast cancer and gender theory.


Affect, Embodiment and Sense Perception

In this article, I revisit the cultures and politics of cancer, offering a queer analysis of breast cancer in the U. University of California Press.

The cultural politics of emotion. The body as a medium of expression. Body of power, spirit of resistance. University of Chicago Press.

Thomas Csordas, Embodiment and cultural phenomenology – PhilPapers

University of Minnesota Press. Presses universitaires de France. Natural symbols; explorations in cosmology. The Birth of the clinic an archaeology of medical perception.

The politics of everyday fear. Parables for the virtual: In the place of origins: Accessed via Flickr on Feb. Articles “The Body of One Color: Tom Weilenmann, ” Cup Coral. Lochlann Jain The academic literature still tends to emboddiment Audre Lorde as the primary feminist theorist of breast cancer, and her The Cancer Journals remains, nearly three decades out, the definitive word on breast cancer and gender theory.

Related Readings Abu-Lughod, L. The anthropology of the body. The logic of practice. The transmission of affect. State University of New York Press. The subject of semiotics. Image Credits Dhib, Ridha.