Infant embodiment and interembodiment: A review of sociocultural perspectives

Deborah Lupton

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This article brings together a range of research and scholarship from various disciplines which have investigated and theorized social and cultural aspects of infants’ bodies within the context of contemporary western societies. It begins with a theoretical overview of dominant concepts of infants’ bodies, including discussion of the concepts of the unfinished body, civility and the Self/Other binary opposition as well as that of interembodiment, drawn from the work of Merleau-Ponty. Then follows discussion of the pleasures and challenging aspects of interembodiment in relation to caregivers’ interactions with infants’ bodies, purity, danger and infant embodiment and lastly practices of surveilling the vulnerable, ‘at risk’ infant body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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