Kinesthetic Alignment with Imagined Bodies in Self-Defense Training
Imagination is a dimension of incorporeality that is a genuine capacity to displace ourselves from the actual phenomenal sphere, communicate with and about absent phenomena, and embody and incorporate them in our involvement with the world and with others. Based on video recordings of self-defense training for girls, this essay examines the enactment and imagination of intercorporeality in jointly created scenarios of danger and assault. It shows that whereas the concept of intercorporeality concerns mutual incorporation as a prereflexive interactive phenomenon independent of or below the level of conscious representation, deixis constitutes the unavoidable link between language, my body, and the body of the other, between representation and interaction. Taking deixis as a linguistic anchor brings grammar to the analysis of intercorporeality. Revisiting deixis in the light of intercorporeality recasts deixis as a grammatically sedimented way of integrating perspectivity and subjectivity as intersubjectively and intercorporeally created embodied phenomena.
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