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ERIC Number: EJ893847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Somaesthetics and Racism: Toward an Embodied Pedagogy of Difference
Granger, David A.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v44 n3 p69-81 Fall 2010
This paper begins by examining the architectonics of the body and the mind-body relationship in the work of John Dewey, Michel Foucault, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. In doing so, it utilizes philosopher Richard Shusterman's analytic somaesthetics to expose the way racist ideology is covertly materialized and preserved through encoding in somatic norms that typically elude critical consciousness. As bodily habits, these somatic norms can trigger, reinforce, and perhaps heighten oppressive and discriminatory ways of thinking, feeling, and acting in encounters with racial "others." After establishing the problem of the visceral grip of racism, the paper turns to Shusterman's pragmatic somaesthetics for possible means of revealing and reconstructing these bodily habits, highlighting their "felt" aesthetic dimensions. The paper closes by arguing for the necessity of building a somaesthetic dimension into antiracist pedagogy. (Contains 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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