The Object Body and the Lived Body

Nurses…help people with the experience of living with and through what is happening to their bodies during illness, recovery or dying – times when the body can dominate existence. Nurses are, therefore, centrally concerned with the object body (an objective and material thing) and the lived body (the body as it is experienced by living people). They are concerned with integrating the object body with the lived body. This is what I have termed somology, that is, understanding the body as an integration of the object body (the thing) into experience so that it is simultaneously an object, a means of experience, a means of expression, a manner of presence amoung other people, and a part of one’s personal identity.
Jocalyn Lawler, Behind The Screens – Nursing, Somology, and the Problem of the Body. (1991) page 29


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