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Meaning in Our BodiesSensory Experience as Constructive Theological Imagination$
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Heike Peckruhn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280925.001.0001

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Moving through Experiencing Gender

Moving through Experiencing Gender

(p.107) Chapter Three Moving through Experiencing Gender
Meaning in Our Bodies

Heike Peckruhn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 introduces several phenomenological concepts via experiences of gender, such as intentionality, perceptual habitation, and sensory alignments. It provides contemporary, historical, and cultural examples of how perception is our way of being and knowing in the world in gendered ways. Our bodily experience is fundamentally a sensory experience that is actively structuring our being in the world and the world itself: Our senses structure our experiences and thereby structure our world, and our senses themselves are structured in a way so that culturally specific gendered experiences emerge. All meanings perceivable to us emerge from bodily perception and already carry gendered connotations.

Keywords:   phenomenology, gender, intentionality, perceptual habituation, sensory alignment, orientation, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Sara Ahmed

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