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Expression between self and other
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2009 (English)In: Idealistic Studies, ISSN 0046-8541, E-ISSN 2153-8239, Vol. 39, no 1-3, p. 71-86Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In discussions concerning intersubjectivity the notion of expression has come to play a part of increasing significance. Expression shifts our point of departure away from subjectivity as something mysterious hidden within the body to subjectivity as altogether embodied and embedded in the world. In this article I engage writings by Maurice Merleau-Ponty to argue that expression is essentially something that happens in a communicative space in between self and other while at the same time giving rise to both. I show how locating expression in a shared space between self and other is a way of emphasizing that self and other are not only expressive of selfhood, but are also expressed by one another and emerge in relation to one another. I point to this understanding of expression as a way of recognizing that there is both a fundamental reciprocity and asymmetry between self and other.

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2009. Vol. 39, no 1-3, p. 71-86
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136274ISI: 000278902200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136274DiVA, id: diva2:376547
Available from: 2010-12-11 Created: 2010-12-11 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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