Kinesthesia and the Development of Moral Sensibilities

Kathryn Linn Geurts

in Culture and the Senses

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936546 | DOI:
Kinesthesia and the Development of Moral Sensibilities

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This chapter examines kinesthesia, which is a sense found in tendons and muscles, mediated by bodily movement, and discusses the way it is not only highly valued in many Anlo-speaking contexts, but is also integrally bound up with Anlo ways of expressing and understanding morality. It introduces several adjectives and adverbs that are used to describe movement and a person's eating behavior, the way the person laughs, general mannerisms, etc. The chapter also describes the character or disposition of some individuals as summed up by terms simultaneously used to depict how they carry themselves or walk.

Keywords: kinesthesia; bodily movement; speaking contexts; morality; general mannerisms

Chapter.  5040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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