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Edward E. Sampson

In: The Body and Psychology

Chapter 3: Establishing Embodiment in Psychology

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Establishing Embodiment in Psychology
Establishing embodiment in psychology

Abstract. The dominant discourse within the western tradition and within the psychology it has spawned can be described as exclusionary: history, culture and community are generally not considered as central to understanding what are presumed to be universal psychological processes. Although the challenger and possible successor to the dominant tradition's discourses, social constructionism, is inclusive of history, culture and community, it shares with the dominant tradition an exclusion of embodiment. Other than the object-body (i.e. the body that a third person observer can know), which remains of interest both to the dominant tradition and to social constructionism's examination of how discourse constructs this object-body, neither the dominant nor the successor discourse deals with the inherently embodied character of ...

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