Meaning of the body
body is the boundary between self and world.
Location of personal identity
“the geography closet in”
society sets rules about bodies
Nature (of the body is it natural to feel what we feel) or is it socially constructed v. social
individual vs. social regulation
body in place
bodies make a difference to our experience of places, what we read onto and react to, read age
and fitness and identity from body. Examining corporally differences. Different body different
experience of space.
Body in modern times: 1800’s
Desartes (philosopher) and Caretsian dualism
“Cartesian dualism of mind and body”
body: seed of intelligences, machine transport the brain around and does what it says.
Gendering of mind and body
Natural and the social
Women seen as closer to nature..
Bodies are different, male female, black and white..
Natural differences between man and women : “essentialist” arguments –biology destiny Constructivists: No such thing as a natural body, (cultural mat) doesn’t exist in pure state the
society that body gets born into mold that body
e.g. Sex and gender
sex as biology; male or female
Gender as social constructed cultural traits, born with male genitalia you will have masculian
traits. Gender is a socially constructed cultural trait.
Why does this matter? (body natural or socially constructed)
Power relations and social organization. Biological argument cant change anything, women are
better at raising children more natural for a men to do that masculine job.
Social justice; defend inequality.
2. Body as a space
a. surface of inscription, where w