By Lenore Manderson
Floor Tensions is an expansive, but intimate research of the way humans remake themselves after catastrophic physically change—the lack of limbs, the lack of functionality, the loss or alternative of organs. opposed to a sweeping cultural backdrop of paintings, pop culture, and the historical past of technological know-how and medication, Manderson makes use of narrative epistemology according to in-depth interviews with over three hundred participants to teach how they re-establish the coherence in their our bodies, identities, and biographies. as well as supplying vital new insights into the care, rehabilitation, and rehabituation of post-trauma sufferers, Manderson’s paintings demanding situations traditional rules concerning the nature of embodiment and is a vital contribution to scientific anthropology, incapacity reports, and cultural experiences.
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In exploring these cultural products and imagery, I interviewed a number of visual artists, performance artists and actors whose work has been informed by their own illnesses and impairments, and others whose work provocatively critiques and sometimes anticipates developments in science and medical technology. The visual arts provide powerful exploratory media for alternative narratives of the body and self-perception, esthetics, science and commerce. These creative works are fictions in the everyday meaning of this term – works of the imagination – but they draw on and interpret the real world, reflecting phenomena in ways as relevant and certainly as insightful as non-fictional accounts and scholarly renderings.
Those affected must adjust to their changed flesh and skills, change how they manage bodily functions and actions, revise the rhythms and content of everyday activities, reorganize domestic and negotiate public space, redefine personal relationships, rethink life directions. Physical changes place new finiteness on bodies, and, as suggested above, people must redefine who they are to themselves and to others. g. wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs) are visible or because of the profound stigma when the cause of debility is made public.
Medical engineering and clinical practice. Paradigmatic and epistemological differences still distinguish biological and social accounts of the nature of the body and the relationships that exist between psychological state and corporeality. Contemporary social scientists understand the body to be both biological and social. How these properties or sets of properties interact and interrelate, each changing the character of the other, is a continuing question. Yet there is growing recognition of the complex interplay of mind and physical body, and the contribution of environmental factors and emotion to the development of disease – the links between economic status and social stress, smoking and low birth weight, for example, or between health and social capital, emotional status and physical health.
Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries, and the Social Self by Lenore Manderson