Self, Normativity and Embodiment

  • Elizabeth EttorreEmail author


As a corporeal overlay upon which healthy and unhealthy identities are fashioned, the notion of ‘embodied self’ allows for ‘social interaction’ implying diversity and the need for ‘normativity’ as a powerful paradigm in which health and illness are often shaped as normal and ‘deviant’. How ‘the agentic self’ was formative in developing sociological constructions of the body; how Mead, Goffman and Elias aid in this development; and why the study of the body is important in sociology are explored. The concept ‘medicalized bodies’ is used in applying the body to health. Recognizing the significance of embodiment and the ubiquitous moralities of health helps to consider the significance of embodied ethics. The conclusion is that past and related conceptualizations of the body become sources for future conceptualizations.


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