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Title: The body made flesh: embodied learning and the corporeal device
Authors: Evans, John
Davies, Brian
Rich, Emma
Keywords: ‘The body’
Sociology
Biology
Nature
Culture
Education
Disorder
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: EVANS, J., DAVIES, B. and RICH, E., 2009. The body made flesh: embodied learning and the corporeal device. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(4), pp.391-406.
Abstract: Over recent years there has been growing appreciation of the body’s corporeal significance in how children learn in educational settings. ‘The body’ has been conceptualised from a variety of perspectives that we characterise as: ’the body without flesh’, ‘the body with fleshy feelings’ and ‘the body made flesh’. We reflect on these perspectives with reference to the model of embodied action used in our ongoing research on relationships between education and disordered bodies, outlining what they might differently offer in terms of understanding body/mind/ culture relationships. We suggest that Basil Bernstein’s notion of the ‘pedagogic device’, when reworked around the concept of a ‘corporeal device’, may provide one way of better conceptualising such relationships avoiding some of the fault lines and dualistic thinking inherent in other perspectives. If, as sociologists or school practitioners, we are to address the agency of ‘the body’ in cultural reproduction and better understand how the corporeal realities of children influence their sense of position, value and self, then we will need to deal with both the ‘physical’ and the ‘phenomenal’ universes of discourse, and the ‘somatic mediations’ of lived experience. This will mean giving as much attention to the biological dimensions of embodiment as its discursive representation currently receives.
Description: This item is Closed Access.
Version: Closed access
DOI: 10.1080/01425690902954588
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15280
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425690902954588
ISSN: 0142-5692
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