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IntercorporealityEmerging Socialities in Interaction$
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Christian Meyer, J Streeck, and J. Scott Jordan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210465.001.0001

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Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity

Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity

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(p.3) 1 Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity
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Intercorporeality
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Thomas Fuchs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210465.003.0001

According to phenomenological and enactive approaches, human sociality does not start from isolated individuals and their hidden inner states, but from intercorporeality and interaffectivity. This paper introduces first a general concept of embodied affectivity: it conceives emotions as a circular interaction of the embodied subject and the respective situation with its affective affordances. This leads to a concept of embodied interaffectivity (with others) as a process of coordinated interaction, bodily resonance, and “mutual incorporation,” providing the basis for a primary empathic understanding. Finally these empathic capacities are also based developmentally on an intercorporeal memory acquired in early childhood, which conveys a basic sense of social attunement or a “social musicality” and also manifests itself in an individual’s habitus. Basic empathy mediated by embodied interaction may subsequently be extended by higher-level cognitive capacities such as perspective-taking and imaginary transposition. Nevertheless, intercorporeality and interaffectivity remain the basis of social understanding.

Keywords:   phenomenology, enaction, embodied affectivity, embodied interaffectivity, intercorporeality, intercorporeal memory

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