Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 19–25 | Cite as

A Feminist Carnal Sociology?: Embodiment in Sociology, Feminism, and Naturalized Philosophy

  • Victoria Pitts-TaylorEmail author


Wacquant’s vision of carnal sociology and enactive ethnography draws heavily from embodied mind theories in neurocognitive science and philosophy of mind. However, it also resonates with feminist epistemologies, such as sociologist Dorothy Smith's view that sociology should begin with and from the body. While both carnal sociology and the neurocognitive traditions it draws from ignore decades of feminist contributions to embodied epistemologies, I argue that feminist thought has much to contribute to materially grounded accounts of corporeal knowledge. Attention to feminist thought should also help enactive ethnographers consider the limits to the method, and the ethical and political complexities of embodied, situated knowledge.


Ebodiment Epistemology Neurocognitive science Carnal sociology Feminism Situated knowledge 


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  1. 1.Wesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

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