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Culture and the SensesBodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community$
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Kathryn Linn Geurts

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234550

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234550.001.0001

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Sensory Experience and Cultural Identity

Sensory Experience and Cultural Identity

(p.227) Chapter 10 Sensory Experience and Cultural Identity
Culture and the Senses

Kathryn Linn Geurts

University of California Press

This chapter aims to provide an interpretive framework for the study of sensoriums and sensory experience and their place in one's understanding of cultural difference, discussing four arguments that help structure the ethnographic descriptions of Anlo-Ewe sensory experiences and philosophical thought. The first argument is that sensoriums differ due to cultural tradition, and the second is that a sensorium is embodied, and that sensory orientations are acquired through processes of child socialization. The last two arguments state that sensoriums help shape notions of the person and guarantee that persons differ culturally and yet appear natural, and that the notions of the person and engagement with other intentional persons are central to health and well-being.

Keywords:   interpretive framework, sensoriums, sensory experience, cultural difference, philosophical thought, cultural tradition, sensory orientations, child socialization

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