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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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Kinesthesia and the Development of Moral Sensibilities

Kinesthesia and the Development of Moral Sensibilities

(p.73) Chapter 4 Kinesthesia and the Development of Moral Sensibilities
Culture and the Senses

Kathryn Linn Geurts

University of California Press

This chapter examines kinesthesia, which is a sense found in tendons and muscles, mediated by bodily movement, and discusses the way it is not only highly valued in many Anlo-speaking contexts, but is also integrally bound up with Anlo ways of expressing and understanding morality. It introduces several adjectives and adverbs that are used to describe movement and a person's eating behavior, the way the person laughs, general mannerisms, etc. The chapter also describes the character or disposition of some individuals as summed up by terms simultaneously used to depict how they carry themselves or walk.

Keywords:   kinesthesia, bodily movement, speaking contexts, morality, general mannerisms

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