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The Body Relevant

Denisa Butnaru


In the sociological-phenomenological field the role of the body has been stressed in particular during the past twenty years. Alfred Schutz’s work, best known for his project to develop a comprehensive sociology inspired by phenomenological principles, inspired some reflections on the role the body and corporeality may hold in our everyday actions and interactions. The aim of this essay is to address the role of the body and of intercorporeality in the production of our intersubjective and social relations and to consider its role in respect to Alfred Schutz’s concept of “system of relevances”. For this purpose, concepts from the phenomenology of the body of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, recent sociological theories of the body inspired by phenomenology, as well as the enactive paradigm in phenomenology shall be considered.

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