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Bodies, Boundaries and Vulnerabilities

Interrogating Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of Embodiment

  • Lisa Folkmarson Käll

Part of the Crossroads of Knowledge book series (CROKNOW)

About this book


This volume explores the interrelations between bodily boundaries and vulnerabilities. It calls attention to the vulnerability of bodies as an essential aspect of having boundaries and being bound to other bodies. The volume advances an understanding of embodiment as the central aspect of subjectivity, its identity formation and its relations to others and the world. The essence of embodiment is what connects us with others and in equal measure what distinguishes us from others. The collection also addresses the centrality of the body to political and cultural activity, targeting the role and constitution of norms in the regulation of bodies, and the construction of spaces that bodies inhabit, in constructing national and cultural identities. It raises questions of how bodies and boundaries materialize in co-constitutive relation to one another; how bodies are situated and come to embody various bodies and intersections between different categories of identity and systems of value, meaning and knowledge; how the regulation and policing of bodies and the boundaries between them come to constitute bodies as being weak, strong, vulnerable or resilient and as having more or less fixed or fluid boundaries. The chapters in the volume all demonstrate how individual human bodies are formed in relation to each other as they are regulated and distinguished from one another by larger collective bodies of nature, culture, science, nation and state, as well as by other human or non-human animal bodies. ​


Collective bodies Critique of neoliberalism Embodiment Feminism Feminist theory Gender studies Human vulnerability Identity formation National and cultural identities Philosophy of the body Political and cultural activity Sociology of the body Somatechnologies Subjectivity critique of neoliberal society relationality sexuality

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Folkmarson Käll
    • 1
  1. 1.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bodies, Boundaries and Vulnerabilities
  • Book Subtitle Interrogating Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of Embodiment
  • Editors Lisa Folkmarson Käll
  • Series Title Crossroads of Knowledge
  • Series Abbreviated Title Crossroads of Knowledge
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-22493-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37338-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-22494-7
  • Series ISSN 2197-9634
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-9642
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 174
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Gender Studies
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