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Embodied EyeReligious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling$
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David Morgan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272224

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272224.001.0001

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Vision and Embodiment

Vision and Embodiment

(p.3) Chapter 1 Vision and Embodiment
Embodied Eye

David Morgan

University of California Press

This introductory chapter discusses the importance of vision in relation to the act of embodiment. Seeing is a primary medium of social life. Given that communal relations are established and sustained in different kinds of looks such as shy glances, bold stares, rapt gazes, or averted eyes, seeing allows one to interpret an encounter, confirm a relationship, or signal an intention with visceral force. Thus, vision reveals authority and weakness, charisma and a host of other dispositions. On that note, seeing is watching from the circumstance of a body—not just one’s own biological or somatic body, but also any encompassing corpus such as a gathering of worshippers. This suggests that to look for a point of view is to look for a body from which, or in which, to see.

Keywords:   vision, seeing, social life, communal relations, embodiment

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