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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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Language and Sensory Orientations

Language and Sensory Orientations

(p.37) Chapter 3 Language and Sensory Orientations
Culture and the Senses

Kathryn Linn Geurts

University of California Press

This chapter presents an inventory of sensory fields. It first searches for a possible category for “the senses,” and then considers some cultural categories and studies the domain of feeling in the body. Next, it addresses the issue of “category as container” and some detailed examples of specific perceptory domains. A category of immediate bodily experiences is outlined and explained within Anlo cultural worlds. The chapter also discusses several Ewe terms that pertain to various sensations, such as “tasting to see.”

Keywords:   sensory fields, inventory, cultural categories, feeling in body, category as container, perceptory domains, Anlo cultural worlds, tasting to see

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