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Skillful PerformanceEnacting Capabilities, Knowledge, Competence, and Expertise in Organizations$
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Jörgen Sandberg, Linda Rouleau, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806639.001.0001

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Interactional Expertise and Embodiment

Interactional Expertise and Embodiment

(p.125) 6 Interactional Expertise and Embodiment
Skillful Performance

Harry Collins

Oxford University Press

The first part of this chapter introduces the idea of interactional expertise, while the second part focuses on its implications for philosophical theories of the importance of the body in forming our conceptual world. The chapter argues that the way philosophers have dealt with the body turns attention away from the most important questions and that we cannot answer these questions without making the notion of socialization, and therefore interactional expertise, a central concept in our thinking. This makes language at least as important, and often more important than bodily practice in our understanding of the world. The notion of a disembodied socialized agent leads in the direction of interesting questions while the notion of an embodied but unsocialized human actor is unimaginable.

Keywords:   interactional expertise, language, embodiment, Dreyfus, socialization

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