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Authors: Boll, Tobias
Müller, Sophie Merit
Title: Body boundary work : praxeological thoughts on personal corporality
Online publication date: 17-May-2021
Language: english
Abstract: In everyday life, we usually go by the one-body-one-person rule: one person has one body (and vice versa). This social belief builds on two assumptions: bodies are individual units and they (and ‘their’ person) are the same in different situations. This is also the conceptual resource for social theories that build on the notion of individuals. In this article, we turn it into a sociological topic. We develop a vocabulary for reconstructing bodily one-ness and bodily sameness as practically achieved social order, as body boundary work: what belongs to a body is a matter of local practices that define its situational contours, limits and margins. Practices of identification and personification draw on social memories and enact bodies as trans-situational entities. Persons and bodies, we argue, evolve in co-individuation. Personal corporality, then, can be conceptualized as a body of work that encompasses these practical efforts of boundary-making.
DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: Human studies
Pages or article number: 585
Publisher: Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Publisher place: Dordrecht
Issue date: 2020
ISSN: 1572-851X
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Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s10746-020-09555-2
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