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Curating Embodiment

Transformation and Tensions in Men’s Accounts of Shared Nudity

Gabriel Knott-Fayle, Michael Kehler, and Brendan Gough

In this article, we explore how ten men who took part in naked photoshoots for charitable purposes make sense of their embodiment as men. Through semi-structured interviews, we look at how participation in such a novel experience of nudity with other men underpins transformations of masculine conventions as well as some of the tensions present in these men’s accounts of the events. We highlight three significant discourses that exemplify these patterns: Nudity as Enabler of Intimacy; Surveillance and Insecurities; Producing the Natural Body. Our findings showcase the important ways that men can and do engage critically with masculinity while at the same time exploring some of the ambivalent ways that these challenges can manifest.

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Sen's Conception of Freedom, and a Conjecture on Embodiment

Fadi Amer

axiomatic claim that there is an intrinsic value to choice and freedom, finding inspiration in the sociological literature on embodiment such as to find its normative referent, while adding heft and substance to the becoming of the subject as an agent in the

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The Embodiment of Learning and Teaching

The Enigma of Non-arrival

Nigel Rapport and Noa Vaisman

How people arrive at their convictions, and how they come to change them, remain immensely difficult questions. This article approaches convictions as manifestations of individuals' embodiment, and as allegories of their lives. As well as a rehearsing of moments of his own embodied learning, the main author engages in an email exchange with the second author, pondering how he might answer her questions about an anthropological methodology which more nearly approaches others' embodied experiences: the convictions represented by informants' words and behaviours. The article ends inconclusively. An individual's knowledge of body and self is part of that body and self, situated amid world-views and life-projects. Alongside the radical otherness of anthropologists' informants is the relative otherness of anthropologists to themselves. Our disciplinary conclusions concerning convictions, own and other, must remain provisional and open.

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Modernist Embodiment

Sisyphean Landscape Allegory in Cinema

David Melbye

its diagonal progression across the screen, slowly ascending the muddy slope, in this unusual substitution of human character for manmade apparatus. Yet, the film's embodiment of Sisyphean physiological experience, per se, persists in tighter shots of

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The Ontological Implications of Spirit Encounters

Jamie Barnes

I am sitting in the university library café rereading Thomas Csordas's (1990) “Embodiment as a Paradigm for Anthropology.” I want to make sure I have completely understood the author's central argument, since it features in an article I am

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Becoming a Super-Masculine “Cool Guy”

Reflexivity, Dominant and Hegemonic Masculinities, and Sexual Violence

James W. Messerschmidt

of the adolescent boys (see Messerschmidt 2016 for the full life story )—which is the subject of this article—reveals a close relationship among in-school bullying, reflexivity, embodiment, and dominant and hegemonic masculinities in understanding

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The Tacit Logic of Ritual Embodiments

Rappaport and Polanyi between Thick and Thin

Robert E. Innis

Roy Rappaport’s attempted semiotic schematization of the logic of ritual, relying on analytical tools from C. S. Peirce’s philosophical semiotics, is examined in terms of both its conceptual coherence and its relation to other schematizations of ritual, especially Michael Polanyi’s thematization of a ‘tacit logic’ of meaning-making. The Peircean foregrounding of sign types (icons, indices, symbols) is compared to Polanyi’s delineation of an irreducible from-to structure of consciousness, rooted in the distinction between focal and subsidiary awareness, and to his further distinction between indication and symbolization as ways of relating to and effecting symbolic complexes, such as rituals. One of the startling upshots of this comparison is that the distinctions between ‘thick ritual’ and ‘thin ritual,’ and between art and ritual, become extremely labile. Examples from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philip Larkin, and Simone Weil illustrate this last point.

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Trans* Joy as Resistance

Possessor, Tangerine, and Affective Trans* Embodiment under Capitalism

Saturn Sigourney Rage

capitalism onto trans*ness. But how does trans*ness cast inconvenience onto capitalism? Trans* embodiment is an affect, cast by trans* people. This affect, defined as subordinate by Berlant, is subordinated to the dominant affect exerted by capitalism (2022

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Interplaced Mobility in the Age of “Digital Gestell

Christopher Howard and Wendelin Küpers

in a dynamic network or mesh-work of connections. Developed from a phenomenological and processual understanding of place, embodiment, and technology, the article especially highlights the role that mobile technologies play in mediating and

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An Anthropology of Nonreligion?

Mascha Schulz and Stefan Binder

implicated in the production of ‘objectivity’ and the role of feminism in science: So, not so perversely, objectivity turns out to be about particular and specific embodiments and definitely not about the false version promising transcendence of all