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Embodying Another Self‏

XVIII World Congress of Sociology of the International Sociological Association (ISA)

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Published on Friday, July 05, 2013 by Luigia Parlati

Summary

Considering the multiplicity of the selves, in the material life or in the virtual life, related to the individual or to the community, according to the reality or to the fiction, we can wonder how the self is constructed. This session explores how the constitution of the self is linked to an embodied dimension. Focused on case studies in different fieldworks, with notably questions of personal conceptions and social visibility, associated to different sociological and anthropological approaches, the session aims to present several analyses about the embodied dimension of various self conceptions.

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Argument

Considering the multiplicity of the selves, in the material life or in the virtual life, related to the individual or to the community, according to the reality or to the fiction, we can wonder how the self is constructed. This session explores how the constitution of the self is linked to an embodied dimension. Focused on case studies in different fieldworks, with notably questions of personal conceptions and social visibility, associated to different sociological and anthropological approaches, the session aims to present several analyses about the embodied dimension of various self conceptions.

Sociology and anthropology have already studied this question of embodiment, the self often counted as a unity. Following precursory Marcel Mauss`s analysis of the body (1934), we can ask the cultural dimension of the body uses and understand how this dimension can impact the construction of the self. Edward T Hall (1966) explored this cultural dimension in the way people consider distances between bodies with the concept of proxemics. David Le Breton (1990, 2002, 2011) also analyzed the link between the cultural and imaginary conception of the body and its use in creating a physical and spiritual entity defined as an embodied identity. These works help to consider, in various areas of self expression, the embodiment of the self.

Erving Goffman’s analysis (1959, 1963, 1971) notably aimed to understand how the embodiment of multiple roles and identities are linked to cultural, socio-economic or professional requirements. Norbert Elias’ analysis (1939, 1956, 1987) explored the Western cultural and historical production of self-control in the last centuries. He showed how individuals can follow the way of the “detachment”, where the self is based on (and attached to) a rational thinking about it ; and how individuals can otherwise follow the way of the “involvement”, where the self is based on (and attached to) the feeling of real experience.

This last dimension of his sociological analysis can also be linked to the notion of Flow developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990) and opens a new field in asking the embodiment of the self by distinguishing the embodied self and the mentally considered self.

Submission guidelines

Session in English.

Proposals of theoretically or empirically based papers about the embodiment of the self, concerning various fieldworks, should take the form of a +/-300 words abstract, submissions must be recorded on ISA website :

http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/rc/rc.php?n=RC54

no later than 2013/09/30 

Selected contributors will be informed of their affiliation with the program of the session  on 2013/11/30.
This session is organized by Chan Langaret (University of Paris Ouest Nanterre - LAIOS/IIAC), for the Research Committee 54 in the International Sociological Association
(The Body in Social Sciences : http://www.isa-sociology.org/rc54.htm), chaired by Bianca Maria Pirani, University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
 
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Modalités de participation :

 
Les propositions de contributions, fondées sur un travail théorique ou empirique relié au thème de l'incarnation du soi, concernant des terrains d'enquête variés, à l'aide des outils proposés par la sociologie, l'anthropologie ou la socioanthropologie, devront prendre la forme d'un résumé de +/- 300 mots.
Ces propositions doivent être enregistrées sur le site de l'ISA (http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/rc/rc.php?n=RC54)

au plus tard le 30/09/2013.

Les contributeurs sélectionnés seront informés de leur inscription au programme de la session le 30/11/2013.
 
Cette session est organisée par Chan Langaret (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre - LAIOS/IIAC), au sein du Research Committee 54 de l'Association Internationale de Sociologie (The Body in Social Sciences : http://www.isa-sociology.org/rc54.htm), présidé par Bianca Maria Pirani, Université de Rome La Sapienza, Italie.

Scientific committee

President

  • Bianca Maria PIRANI, University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy

Vice-President

  • Thomas S. SMITH, University of Rochester, USA

Secretary

  • Alireza MOULA, Karlstad University, Sweden,

Treasurer

  • Chris SPEED, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

Board Members

  • Pierre BOUVIER, University of Nanterre, France
  • Roberto CIPRIANI, University of Rome 3, Italy
  • Devorah KALEKIN-FISHMAN, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Roberto MOTTA, Recife University, Brazil
  • Matteo NEGRO, University of Catania, Italy 
  • Nicola PORRO, Cassino University, Italy

Subjects

Places

  • Yokohama, Japan

Date(s)

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

Keywords

  • embodiment, involvement, detachment, self, person, character, actor

Contact(s)

  • Chan Langaret
    courriel : photoiiac2015 [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Chan Langaret
    courriel : photoiiac2015 [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Embodying Another Self‏ », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, July 05, 2013, https://calenda.org/254700

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