Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 33–38 | Cite as

The Embodied Mind: Building on Wacquant’s Carnal Sociology

  • Karen A. Cerulo


This essay responds to Wacquant’s call for a “Carnal Sociology”—an approach best realized through a method Wacquant calls “enactive ethnography.” In this essay, I explore the ways in which certain aspects of Wacquant’s carnal sociology—specifically the sentient, the sedimented and the situated—can enhance our understanding of cognition and meaning-making. I reference an ongoing research project on the deciphering of olfactory messages to make my case.


Cognition Culture Mind and brain The senses Embodiment Action 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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