Publication details [#9003]

Pujol, Joan, Marcel Balasch and Marisela Montenegro. 2003. Los límites de la métafora lingüística: implicaciones de una perspectiva corporeizada para la práctica investigadora e interventora (The Iimits of the linguistic metaphor: Implications of an embodied perspective for research and intervention). 14 pp.


Perspectives such as social constructionism, discourse analysis or conversational analysis have used the linguistic metaphor to argue for an understanding of social reality as constructed through linguistic interaction. This metaphor inherits two conceptual legacies that lead to the omission of corporeality as a form of knowledge and agency. First, the Cartesian division between body and soul from which results o conception of body as a "container" of the soul or as a product of a cognitive-social construction. Second, the dichotomy "social" versus "natural" excluded the body (assign to the natural realm) as a relevant topic in debates on order and social control. The linguistic metaphor emphasises the social-mental pole that leads to a linguistic ontological monism. Corporeality ends up as a receptor of and disciplined by discourse (Sampson 1996; Nightingale 1999). This paper pays attention to the renewed interest on corporeality in social sciences (ie. Horaway, 1991; Turner 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996; Shilling 1993; Stam 1998; Burkitt, 1999) and explores the implications derived from the adoption of a corporeal perspective in the research and intervention practices. From this perspective, the productive character of the relations constructed trough the research process is emphasized, understanding them as activities that articulate multiple corporeal positions from which located and produce knowledge. (Joan Pujol, Marcel Balasch, & Marisela Montenegro)