Intercorporeality: Emerging Socialities in Interaction

ISBN : 9780190210465

Christian Meyer; J. Scott Jordan
440 ページ
156 x 235 mm

This book draws inspiration from Maurice Merleau-Ponty's concept of intercorporeality to offer a new, multidisciplinary perspective on the body. By drawing attention to the body's ability to simultaneously sense and be sensed, Merleau-Ponty transcends the object-subject divide and describes how bodies are about, into, and within other bodies. Such inherent relationality constitutes the essence of intercorporeality, and the chapters in this book examine such relationality from a host of diverse perspectives. The book begins with an introductory chapter in which the editors review the current research on bodily interaction, and introduce the notion of intercorporeality as a potentially integrative framework. The first section then offers four chapters devoted to clarifying theoretical and developmental perspectives on intercorporeality. Section 2 contains three chapters that provide insight on intercorporeality from evolutionary, historical, and cross-sectional perspectives. In Section 3, four chapters examine the intercorporeal nature of meaning-making during human interaction. Section 4 then presents three chapters that explore the intercorporeal nature of multi-agent interactions and the role that non-animate bodies (i.e., objects) play in such interaction. Throughout all the chapters, the authors work to integrate research in their specific discipline into the larger, transdisciplinary notion of intercorporeality. This collection provides an indisputably unique perspective on bodies-in-interaction, while simultaneously offering an interdisciplinary way forward in contemporary scholarship on bodies, meaning, and interaction.


List of Contributors
Christian Meyer, Jurgen Streeck & J. Scott Jordan

I. Fundamental Intercorporeality
Chapter 1: Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity
Thomas Fuchs
Chapter 2: Intercorporeality as a Foundational Dimension of Human Communication
Jens Loenhoff
Chapter 3: Feeling Our Way: Enkinaesthetic Enquiry and Immanent Intercorporeality
Susan A. J. Stuart
Chapter 4: Haptic Sociality: The Embodied Interactive Constitution of Intimacy Through Touch
Marjorie Harness Goodwin

II. Extended Intercorporeality
Chapter 5: Children's Expressive Handling of Objects in a Shared World
Mats Andren
Chapter 6: The Cultural Organization of Intercorporeality: Interaction, Emotion, and
the Senses Among the Wolof of Northwestern Senegal
Christian Meyer
Chapter 7: Taking the World by Hand: How (Some) Gestures Mean
Elena Cuffari & Jurgen Streeck
Chapter 8: Intercorporeality at the Motor Block: On the Importance of a Practical Sense
for Social Cooperation and Coordination
Thomas Alkemeyer, Kristina Brummer & Thomas Pille
Chapter 9: Intercorporeal Phantasms: Kinesthetic Alignment with Imagined Bodies
in Self-Defense Training
Anja Stukenbrock

III. Intercorporeality Beyond the Body
Chapter 10: Sensible Objects: Intercorporeality and Enactive Knowing Through Things
Tomie Hahn & J. Scott Jordan
Chapter 11: More than a Body: A Material Engagement Approach
Lambros Malafouris & Maria Danae Koukouti
Chapter 12: Challenges of Conducting Interaction with Technologically-Mediated Bodies
Elizabeth Keating
Chapter 13: Achieving Intersubjectivity in Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC): Intercorporeal, Embodied and Disembodied Practices
Peter Auer & Ina Hormeyer
Chapter 14: Wild Meaning: The Intercorporeal Nature of Objects, Bodies, and Words
J. Scott Jordan & Chris Mays



Christian Meyer Professor and Chair of General Sociology and Cultural Sociology in the Department of History and Sociology at the University of Constance, Germany. Jurgen Streeck is professor of communication studies, anthropology, and Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Scott J. Jordan is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University.