Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in by Meenakshi Thapan

By Meenakshi Thapan

It is a booklet approximately embodiment and id within the context of specific ladies s lives in an city surroundings. it really is involved in the advance of a sociology of embodiment within the context of girls s lives in modern, city India. the focal point on embodiment is mediated by way of gender and sophistication, severe components that represent identification with regards to embodiment. The research is predicated on fabric accumulated from interviews with operating classification girls in an city slum and with expert, top type ladies, with younger ladies in secondary colleges and from fabric from a girls s journal.

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Thus, embodiment is critical to Bourdieu’s sociology of lived practice and of what he calls ‘the practical sense’. The habitus, in this work, is an important concept as it focuses attention on the body. While we may know that the body ‘is a medium’ for expressions of moods and feelings, Bourdieu emphasises that the body, ‘as a repository for social experience, constitutes an essential part of the habitus’ (Krais 2006: 127). All human action is embodied, gendered and social. : 129). 8 In this work, I seek to understand habitus, its constancy and simultaneously its malleability in the context of woman’s experience and my point of intervention in this debate takes place on two registers.

A working class woman articulates her construction of femininity from within her economic and political space. It is therefore a very different construction of femininity, based on utilitarian and practical considerations, grounded in her everyday life experiences at work, in the family, community and poverty. Class is significant but I would like to emphasise that culture is equally important to our understanding of embodiment and identity as we are located in a space wherein culture in various forms impacts our physical senses and fleshly bodies in very specific and concrete ways and is simultaneously reflected in the practices we engage in.

It is therefore a very different construction of femininity, based on utilitarian and practical considerations, grounded in her everyday life experiences at work, in the family, community and poverty. Class is significant but I would like to emphasise that culture is equally important to our understanding of embodiment and identity as we are located in a space wherein culture in various forms impacts our physical senses and fleshly bodies in very specific and concrete ways and is simultaneously reflected in the practices we engage in.

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