Martor No. 20 / Year 2015
Author: Anca-Maria Pănoiu
About the author:
MA student at the Center of Excellence in Image Study (CESI), University of Bucharest
E-mail: anca.maria_p at yahoo dot com
Keywords: medical anthropology, suffering body, daily interaction, limit, alterity
Contemporary prescriptions dictate that the human body should become diffuse in a ritualized way during daily social interaction, hence transforming it into an impassable barrier for the others. Consequently, touching it – willingly or not – is regarded most often as a violation of limits, as something unusual, mostly peculiar and uncomfortable. Nevertheless, the disabled body – suffering, injured, helpless – is a body that most often comes across situations when it is manipulated by others, thus experiencing and invasive alterity, with no possibility to resist.
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