Embodiment as a Destabilizing Force

by scholastress

In contrast to the body, embodiment is contextual, enmeshed within the specifics of place, time, physiology, and culture, which together compose enactment. Embodiment never coincides exactly with ‘the body,’ however that normalized conept is understood. Whereas the body is an idealized form that gestures toward a Platonic reality, embodiment is the specific instantiation generated from the noise of difference. Relative to the body, embodiment is other and elsewhere, at once excessive and deficient in its infinite variations, particularities, and abnormalities…

Embodiment is thus inherently destabilizing with respect to the body, for at any time this tension can widen into a perceived disparity.

– N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman, 196-197.

Advertisements