Living Across and Through Skins

Living Across and Through Skins : Transactional Bodies, Pragmatism, and Feminism

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Explores the dynamic relationship between bodies and the world around them.What if we lived across and through our skins as much as we do within them? According to Shannon Sullivan, the notion of bodies in transaction with their social, political, cultural, and physical surroundings is not new. Early in the 20th century, John Dewey elaborated human existence as a set of patterns of behavior or actions shaped by the environment. Underscoring the continued relevance of his thought, Sullivan brings Dewey into conversation with Continental philosophers-Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty-and feminist philosophers-Butler and Harding-to expand thinking about the body. Emphasizing topics such as the role of habit, the discursivity of bodies, communication and meaning, personal and cultural structures of gender, the improvement of bodily experience, and understandings of truth and objectivity, Living Across and Through Skins acknowledges the importance of the body's experience without placing it in opposition to psychological, cultural, and social aspects of human life. By focusing on what bodies do, rather than what they are, Sullivan prompts a closer look at concrete, physical transactions that might be changed to improve human experiences of the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253214408
  • 9780253214409
  • 1,213,731

About Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State more

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This is an important book for those interested in seeing how traditional philosophy can contribute to contemporary feminist theory. * Choice *show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Abbreviations1. Introduction: Transactional Bodies after Dewey2. Living Across and Through Skins: Bodies in Transaction3. Discursivity and Materiality: The Lived Experience of Transactional Bodies4. Communicating with Another: Transaction and Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Corporeal Existence5. Reconfiguring Gender: Habit, Bodies, and Cultural Change6. Transactional Somaesthetics: Nietzsche, Women, and the Transformation of Bodily Experience7. Transactional Knowing: Toward a Pragmatist-Feminist Standpoint Theory8. Conclusion: Transaction and the Distinctiveness of RacesNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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