The normal body
female bodies in changing contexts of normalization and optimization
The human body can be regarded in at least two ways: objectively, as a physical and organic body; and subjectively, as the center of orientation and lived affective unity. However, this distinction can lose sight of the fact that the "lived body' is not reducible to subjective idiosyncrasies. Trans-individual norms are embodied too, as Michel Foucault and Judith Butler have shown. Phenomenological investigations of normalization and habitualization help bring these two important dimensions of embodiment together and overcome simplistic oppositions between phenomenological and poststructuralist approaches. These investigations lead into issues of female body optimization and control that we take to be characteristic of contemporary neoliberalist embodiment.
Jansen, J. , Wehrle, M. (2018)., The normal body: female bodies in changing contexts of normalization and optimization, in C. Fischer & L. Dolezal (eds.), New feminist perspectives on embodiment, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 37-55.
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