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L'apprentissage du corps après l'accident : Sociologie de la production du corps

Abstract : The accident causes a sudden physical change, which breaks with the ordinary physical transformation, all in continuity and fluidity. The body is suddenly vulnerable, shaken by a radical transformation, namely: the advent of a new physical potential. This "new" body is not only a natural and first biological given, complete and definitive, and in this case irremediable. It needs to be rehabilited. Thus, this bodily potential will be the object of a formatting in the context of care and community life, a transmission of body techniques by carers and reeducators, a conformation under the influence of peers, a collective and progressive semantization. The bodily experience of the injured man develops in interaction with his human, material, technological, social and cultural environment. The body change does not immediately make sense when it comes out of the coma: the semantic network that previously allowed the interpretation of body signals is gradually becoming obsolete. As the sociological analysis progresses, disability will reveal itself as the result of learning, the product of socialization. And if the flesh imposes its objective constraints, the meanings internalized and put into action by the individual, his peers and health professionals in turn subject the body matter to their dictates. As the experience of the injured body is semanticized, the body matter is transformed, and the injured person becomes disabled.
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Eve Gardien. L'apprentissage du corps après l'accident : Sociologie de la production du corps. Presses Universitaires de Grenoble. pp.304, 2008, 978 2 7061 1439 7. ⟨hal-00973540⟩



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