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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

(p.3) 1 Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity

Thomas Fuchs

Oxford University Press

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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