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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 as a Foundational Dimension of Human Communication

Intercorporeality as a Foundational Dimension of Human Communication

(p.25) 2 Intercorporeality as a Foundational Dimension of Human Communication

Jens Loenhoff

Oxford University Press

This article contributes to embodied communication theory in the way it takes into account the sensorimotor a priori of meaning production in interaction. The idea that intentionality is founded in the experience of movement and sensorimotor feedback loops as functional principles of action originated in the 1920–1940s in phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, and gestalt theory. Using that as a point of departure, this essay will analyze the interwovenness of bodily operations as communicatively effective entities. In this context the intimate connections among embodiment, implicit knowledge, and the normativity of sensorimotor practices should become apparent. Following this, a few suggestions regarding the differentiation of the concept of intercorporeality will be made by identifying some sources of variance which determine the form and intensity of intercorporeality, including forms of communication connected with it.

Keywords:   communication theory, feedback loops, phenomenology, gestalt theory, intentionality, intercorporeality, sensorimotor practices

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