definition of embodiment as there is. Poets author poems that hold precision in their abstractions and can have a transportive quality that effects a change – however imperceptible – in how one receives the natural and material world thereafter. Images, too, can transport, sometimes forcing the viewer to catch one’s breath or laugh or gasp or weep. So might the feel of sand slipping through fingers, wet grass on toes, the first snow of the season. Fractals of easily repeated forms are plentiful, captured imperfectly in image, like a photograph. But how to capture
This book examines the divergent medical, political and legal constructions of intersex. The authors use empirical data to explore how intersex people are embodied through these frameworks which in turn influence their lived experiences.
Through their analysis, the authors reveal the factors that motivate and influence the way in which policy makers and legislators approach the area of intersex rights. They reflect on the limitations of law as the primary vehicle in challenging healthcare’s framing of intersex as a ‘disorder’ in need of fixing. Finally, they offer a more holistic account of intersex justice which is underpinned by psychosocial support and bodily integrity.
95 SIX The body and embodiment Physical contacts with children were a routine element of my fieldwork. Hugs, taps, handshakes, strokes, I received even a kiss or two … Also bumps, kicks and spitting once. I was instructed by the Centre staff that there were no strict formal rules about touching children – such as that one could not hold them or hug them. However, there were some principles I was supposed to follow – to be very careful about initiating bodily contact with children and rather let them decide and perform when and if at all they wanted any
167 EIGHT Chiasm, the intersection of time, embodiment, and identity We have explored time, body/embodiment, and identity as separate categories through the postwar cohort’s experience, in the context of the Sixties, up to the present and looking forward to the future. In reality, embodiment, time, and identity are inseparable. We could have chosen any slice of time, for instance the previous generation, to dig deeper into those categories. The choice of the Sixties is illustrative of the relationships of time, embodiment, and identity within the postwar
This book set out to examine what intersex embodiment means in the 21st century in predominantly Western societies. In doing so, it has demonstrated that there are multiple disjointed and fragmented accounts of intersex embodiment which are produced through a range of different regulatory frameworks. Each of these frameworks arguably set out to improve the lived experience of intersex embodied individuals. In reality, they often misconceptualize ‘intersex’ and consequently serve to disempower intersex embodied individuals. The professionalization of medicine
PART II Materialities: Spatiality and Sensory Embodiment
215 TWELVE Afterword. Relational entanglements: ageing, materialities and embodiments Kim Sawchuk “Ageing, it sure isn’t what it used to be.” So quipped a woman in her 80s when interviewed about her media and communication practices. When I pressed her to explain, she simply nodded towards her large screen television, the remote controls on the coffee table, her mobile phone and the tablet computer that was a recent gift from her children. With a wry laugh and a nod of the head, she articulated much with embodied economical eloquence. Her choice of
13 TWO Beyond phenomenology: embodiment in qualitative research In this chapter I look back at the intellectual traditions within which embodiment is situated, that is, the phenomenological tradition on the one hand and the overcoming of the phenomenological tradition through Foucauldian understandings of the body on the other. In her recent article in Qualitative Research, Rachelle Chadwick (2016) specifically asks what the methodological challenges to embodying qualitative research are. While an interest in embodiment within the social sciences is not
WISC has created a community and place in which stories and experiences can be shared; it has given women the means and tools to do this from an embodied perspective through autoethnography and other reflexive, qualitative approaches. This chapter * will set out what autoethnography and embodiment are, why they are important in the context of STEM, how they are usually missing in other research, and why this is a problem. It will consider the structural barriers that are specific to STEM, and are prevalent within the culture that keeps these stories hidden