Sensing bodies: the aesthetics of knowing and practising

Anna Brown, Gail Greig, Emilia Ferraro

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The abstractions of people, places, minds and bodies in rational, cognitive models of knowledge and learning go against the very notion of being alive. The world is not, after all, made up of pieces that slot into place to form a comprehensible whole. It is far more fl uid, unpredictable and interchangeable. This chapter is fi rmly rooted in the theoretical concepts of practice, wherein knowing is inherently entangled with doing and understood as an ongoing, emergent, social process (Nicolini et al. 2003, see Chapter 3 Practice). Using craft as a specifi c example, this chapter explores the material aspects of practice by focusing on what professional craftspeople or ‘makers’ do. Through the process of making we discuss the embodied nature of practice and present a case for a bodily understanding of knowing, sensed through one’s immersion in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations
EditorsKevin Orr, Sandra Nutley, Shona Russell, Rod Bain, Bonnie Hacking, Clare Moran
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315674025
ISBN (Print)9781138940857
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2016


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