Corps en place, place du corps

Abstract : This article investigates the relations of human bodies within space. It shows that bodies’ effects are not always linked to a context equally objectifiable and measured by everybody. The relation of body with space has something to do with the situation constituted by the dweller on his own. It has something to do with the body condition as flesh or “being flesh”. This relation projects the dweller beyond the supposed limits of the context and the environment. The dweller is projected through his thinking and is sometimes assisted by technical solutions that artificially enable his projection. “Being flesh” allows the dweller to overpass the body determinations that are always seen to come from the outside (the context), the immediate inside (the organism) or from the different places where he stands, giving him his social position. If body determinations offer the dweller a relative stability in the game of places, his freedom can only be revealed by displacing the norms underlying it and by displacing the way his relatives look at him. Beyond the place of the body and beyond the body in place, whatever the movement of the body, this article argues that the dweller tends to overrun the pre-established everyday frameworks that shape his existence. His objective is to revive his own possibility to take place through his body in the outer/other spaces he draws close to him to escape the current reality.
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André-Frédéric Hoyaux. Corps en place, place du corps. L'Information géographique, Armand Colin, 2016, 80 (2). ⟨halshs-01335193⟩



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