The body has come to provide a central site for theory and debate from social theory to cultural studies. This important volume looks beyond psychologyÆs traditional biological body to explore what insights can be gained from recent theories of embodiment. Taking the body as inscribed by social and disciplinary practices, leading contributors explore a wide range of psychological topics in new and challenging ways. Questions surrounding health, gender, history, and culture are addressed in contexts such as the psychology of pain, the treatment of anorexia nervosa, and psychologyÆs relationship to transgender activists. The Body and Psychology brings cross-disciplinary perspectives to bear on the psychological body and, in the process, succeeds in drawing attention to the many embodied qualities of its subject matter. This book will make compelling reading for students and academics in psychology, sociology, and health and cultural studies.
Chapter 8: Habitus: From the Inside Out and the outside In
Habitus: From the Inside Out and the outside In
Abstract. Examinations of the body have been productive sites for analyzing aspects of contemporary culture in general and issues of identity/difference in particular. They have also become battlegrounds for position-claiming within both the public arena and disciplinary practices, that is, bodies claimed in/for/of x discipline. I believe it would be more productive if, in the future, we were to begin to examine bodies in relation to power regimes instead. Bodies—and art—have been found to occupy the middle ground, the space between disciplines, between the ‘already given or said’ in everyday life and knowledge alike. I have found navigational assistance for the spaces ‘in between’ in Bourdieu's sociology, especially ...