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    Introduction: the legacies and limits of the body in pain

    Dawney, L. and Huzar, Timothy J. (2019) Introduction: the legacies and limits of the body in pain. Body & Society 25 (3), pp. 3-21. ISSN 1357-034X.

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    Since its publication in 1985, Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain has become a seminal text in the study of embodiment. In its foregrounding of the body in war and torture, it critiques the minimising of the body in questions of politics, offering a compelling account of the structure and phenomenology of violent domination. However, at the same time the text can be seen to shore up a mind/body dualism that has been associated with oppressive forms of gendering, racialisation and disablement. Divisive, powerful and elegant, the text has been central in the shaping of approaches to embodiment over the past 30 years. This special issue revisits Scarry's text in the light of 30 years of scholarship on embodiment and the body. Its legacies and limits are exemplified through a series of articles that mobilise the arguments of The Body in Pain even as they push at the limits of the text.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Elaine Scarry, mind/body, sovereignty, The Body in Pain, torture, war
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Tim Huzar
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2022 11:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:14


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