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Luna Dolezal, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body

Luna Dolezal, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body Book Reviews Luna Dolezal, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body, (Lexington Books: Langham, MD, 2015). ISBN 978-0-7391-8168-3, pp. 206, £65.00 (hardcover). Luna Dolezal begins her text by asserting that shame is a fundamental aspect of the human experience. Rather than simply understanding shame as an occasional, and unpleasant emotion, Dolezal suggests that shame is more ubiquitous and thus, ‘helps make us who we are’ (ix). Moreover, shame is fundamentally an embodied experience and can even arise because of the body. Body shame, Dolezal argues, has the potential to bridge individual experiences of embodiment with larger social and political contexts; to facilitate an understanding of the embodied subject in terms of itself, its relation to others and the world, and as socially and politically shaped. Employing a combination of phenomenology and social theory, Dolezal seeks on the one hand, to examine the multiple functions of shame and its centrality to the human experience, and on the other hand, to explore the paradox of being an agent in the world who is also subject to ‘the diffuse, pervasive, and yet often invisible external socio-cultural forces [that] have such a strong hold on the body’ (ix). In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

Luna Dolezal, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body

Somatechnics , Volume 9 (1): 4 – Apr 1, 2019

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Book Reviews Luna Dolezal, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body, (Lexington Books: Langham, MD, 2015). ISBN 978-0-7391-8168-3, pp. 206, £65.00 (hardcover). Luna Dolezal begins her text by asserting that shame is a fundamental aspect of the human experience. Rather than simply understanding shame as an occasional, and unpleasant emotion, Dolezal suggests that shame is more ubiquitous and thus, ‘helps make us who we are’ (ix). Moreover, shame is fundamentally an embodied experience and can even arise because of the body. Body shame, Dolezal argues, has the potential to bridge individual experiences of embodiment with larger social and political contexts; to facilitate an understanding of the embodied subject in terms of itself, its relation to others and the world, and as socially and politically shaped. Employing a combination of phenomenology and social theory, Dolezal seeks on the one hand, to examine the multiple functions of shame and its centrality to the human experience, and on the other hand, to explore the paradox of being an agent in the world who is also subject to ‘the diffuse, pervasive, and yet often invisible external socio-cultural forces [that] have such a strong hold on the body’ (ix). In

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