SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Mossvale

For this week, you need to watch the video/photo montage compilation and post a comment or tweet. Let’s see what you’ve learned, and what you think others have learned and expressed, about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society.

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1 Comment on SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Mossvale

Sarah Stratton said : Guest Report 21 hrs ago

I find it interesting to align, in this context, the periods of historical specificity in which the transitions of societal perceptions of bodies and emotions are situated. The Renaissance Era from which the theorising of Descartes emerged, stemmed from a significant period of time in which the minutiae of life and thought were controlled by a strict regime of religiosity and ritual, explicitly employed to curtail independent intellectual development or the employment of rationality as it is now understood. The body was considered a mere vessel, inherently sinful with one’s sense of self embodied within the soul, capable of salvation only through subscription to and practice of proscribed ideals and behaviour. The Renaissance was in part, a return to the intellectual freedom and thought of the Greek Civilisation, in this, Descartes’ similarity to the philosophy of Plato cannot be ignored. The conceptual elevation of the mind as distinct, invaluable and superior as opposed to the body and its functions, inclusive of emotions, has found a historic and sociological continuum in developed societies, its only corruption, the means by which, it has been espoused or articulated. The Enlightenment era and the consequent advent of the capitalist and neoliberal doctrine has furthered the subjective and individualised conceptualisation of the degree of cleavage between the mind and the body however technological advances have, in the contemporaneous moment provisioned what, is, in my view, an understanding, that is almost subversive to the rationale of our social and cultural construction. The advancements made in medical sciences, in fact, in multi -disciplinary arenas of research, have allowed for a broader and more nuanced conceptualisation of the interplay between the mind, body and emotions but yet, we are governed by societal and economically driven mores which in effect, deny their organic manifestation and practice and require a large degree of alienation from the conveyance of our natural state. It is my belief, that there is an intimate connection between the body, mind and certain feelings or emotions that, definitively influence patterns of thought. We are, in essence, actors, whose private and subjective regimes are regulated by the social, cultural and economic realms that dictate acceptable behaviour. Whilst we possess the technological understanding of these processes and a greater recognition of the influence of emotion over the prowess of the mind and henceforth thoughts, the mastery of the latter over the former is still an expectation in the social world in which we operate.

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