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Embodiment and Body Politics

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Being a concept used for both describing and surmounting the mind-body dualism, embodiment is at the core of theories of cultural, social, personal, and psychological dimensions of identity—especially for issues about body politics. However, the very broad use of the term in diverse contexts (and also in the context of differing concepts of identity) has led to a variety of meanings that can be assigned to the term. Roughly speaking, the most prominent aspects of embodiment for recent theory can be subsumed under three major ...

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