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European Bodies

Who Embodies europe? Explorations into the Construction of european Bodies

Anika Keinz and Paweł Lewicki

Is there a ‘european body’, 1 and how is europeanisation embodied? What is a ‘european body’ then? Jean Comaroff (1993) has once shown that: ‘nationality, culture and physical type are condensed into the language that [ … ] would mature

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The Unrealized Potential of Body-Reflexive Practices

Intimations of a New Materialism

Steve Garlick

Gender is the way bodies are drawn into history; bodies are arenas for the making of gender patterns ( Connell 2000: 12 ). Raewyn Connell's work has always foregrounded the importance of considering bodies in undertaking critical studies of

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Deliberating Bodies

Democracy, Identification, and Embodiment

Amanda Machin

The significance of embodiment has long been overlooked in theories of deliberative democracy. Deliberation is characterized by inclusive and rational discussion that functions in an allegedly neutral and abstract space. This article draws attention to the bodies between which political interaction always occurs. Bodies have important yet unpredictable effects for political interaction and can extend or disorder the careful conscious conversation invoked by deliberative democrats. Identities are reproduced by bodies, and bodies may conform to or transform their identifications. Using Merleau-Ponty's notion of habitual knowledge, the article argues that bodies provide limitations, capacities, and opportunities for democratic politics. At the same time, bodies and their identifications are themselves transformed through deliberation and other types of political experience.

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Abject Bodies

The Politics of the Vagina in Brazil and South Africa

Lisa Beljuli Brown

This article looks at ideas and practices around female virginity in Brazil and South Africa. In South Africa, virginity testing of girls as young as six occurs. In Brazil, speculation about female virginity can have a devastating impact on young women's lives. In both contexts the intactness of the vagina becomes a symbol of a woman's worth as well as a reflection of national well-being or decline. I use feminist psychoanalytic theory to connect such valuations and practices to a perceived threat to the symbolic order of language, culture and law. I argue that during times of social upheaval the vagina comes to represent the abject, or a threat to the subject, and is policed in order for dominant meanings to remain intact. As women's experiences in both contexts demonstrate, these meanings are implicated in a violent economy of women's body parts, which render women symbolically homeless. Yet in Brazil, women subvert these valuations in an ongoing struggle for subjectivity, which involves the creative appropriation of soap operas, and the conversion of suffering into pleasure.

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Porous Bodies

Corporeal Intimacies, Disgust and Violence in a COVID-19 World

Cynthia Sear

Masked-up, gloved-up and wearing a pair of sunglasses, I am ready for my walk to the local shopping strip. As I approach the grocery shop, I see a broken line of waiting shoppers. I stop two metres behind the last body, staking my place in the

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In Pursuit of Masculinity

On Aging Bodies, Migration and Youthful Masculinities

Usman Mahar

; Reichstadt et al. 2010 ; Wentzell 2017 ). As such, aging cannot be understood as a standalone life process. The role of individual life-histories, in conjunction with gendered norms, socialized bodies, and “emotional practices,” is therefore integral to a

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Guarding the Body

Private Security Work in Rio de Janeiro

Erika Robb Larkins

from one image to the other, is how private security in Rio relies on the labor of two different kinds of dark-skinned bodies, which perform two varieties of security behavior. While a militarized hypermasculinity has long been the norm in the industry

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

of state institutions differentiating between more or less desirable migrant bodies along similar lines. In this article we therefore offer a critical analysis of the (post)colonial migration regimes in Kenya and Tanzania, and trace enduring processes

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Beyond the Individual Body

Spinoza's Radical Enactivism and You Were Never Really Here

Francesco Sticchi

; and Sticchi 2019, 181–182 ). Following up on these conclusions, I will focus below on a more specific issue connected with what I would describe as a Spinozian radical enactivist methodology for film analysis: considering the body of the viewer as a

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Noisy Lives, Noisy Bodies

Exploring the Sensorial Embodiment of Class

Camilla Hoffmann Merrild, Peter Vedsted, and Rikke Sand Andersen

sensations are turned into symptoms and how people move from feeling fine to feeling sick, we explore the situatedness of the body and its meaning in the making of symptoms. Inspired by what has been referred to as a medical anthropology of sensations (e