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Entre nature et culture, le partage des corps ? / Between Nature and Culture, Sharing the Bodies?

Jérôme Beauchez 1
CMW - Centre Max Weber
Abstract : Contributing to the tradition of review articles published by the journal L'Homme in its "à propos" column, this text is based on commenting a significant work in order to make a critical summary of a field of research. With the aim of analyzing forty years of work devoted to the question of the body in French social science, the work called La Tentation du Corps [The Temptation of the Body] (Memmi et alii, Paris : EHESS, 2009) gives matter for discussion that this article extends to the treatment of corporeity in Anglo-Saxon social science. Unlike French researchers who mostly limit themselves to analyzing representations of the body and its usages according to groups, cultures or social classes, their Anglo-Saxon counterparts (e.g. Michael Jackson, Thomas Csordas, Nick Crossley) have developed a current of thought of embodiment in which practice is less an object to be explained than an initial viewpoint, both sensitive and embodied. Inheriting pragmatism and phenomenology (in particular that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty), the latest developments of such thinking remain little known in France. Based on direct contact with the senses, it nonetheless promises to renew our questioning about corporeity, at the crossroads of nature and cultures.
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Jérôme Beauchez. Entre nature et culture, le partage des corps ? / Between Nature and Culture, Sharing the Bodies?. L'Homme - Revue française d'anthropologie, Éditions de l'EHESS 2011, pp.317-332. ⟨halshs-00944077⟩



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