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Articles by Nicola Diamond:

The Phantom Limb: Body and Language, Cultural Expression and Difference

Introduction

It would be legitimate to speak of ‘natural signs’ only if the anatomical organisation of our body produced a correspondence between specific gestures and ‘given states of mind’. The fact is that the behaviour associated with anger or love is not the same in a Japanese and an occidental. Or, to be more precise, the difference in behaviour corresponds to a difference in the emotions themselves. It is not only the gesture which is contingent in relation to the body’s organisation, it is the manner itself in which we meet the situation and live it.

This post is in: 2. Displacements of the Imaginary and Virtual Schemata,Phantom Limb (2004)

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