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<span class="smallCaps">Body, Pain, and Trauma</span>

in Imaginative Horizons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226118734
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226118758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226118758.003.0004
Body, Pain, and Trauma

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The reflections in this chapter are preliminary, and necessarily fragmented. They—the textual body that carries them—suggest the fragmented body that silently tortures any imaginary construction of the body, the body in pain, the traumatized body, and the considerations it generates. The recent theoretical prominence of the body “is partly an effect and partly a cause of a general reductionist tendency to reject the abstract categories and totalizing theoretical constructs not directly accessible to individual perception, consciousness, and participation.” The body is a construct of complex social, cultural, and linguistic processes that not only affect its “biological” character but its symbolism and rhetorical potential. Pain can serve and has served rhetorically and at times theoretically as the anchor point of and for signification.

Keywords: body; pain; trauma; biological character; symbolism

Chapter.  13748 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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