Variable bodies, Buddhism and (no-)selfhood: Towards dehegemonized embodiment

Bee Scherer*

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Following on from current discourses within critical disability studies I investigate the parameters, opportunities and challenges of some Buddhist responses to variable bodies. Negotiating the different Buddhist modes between 'karmatic' sociology and 'nirvanic' soteriology, I develop outlines of Socially Engaged Buddhist 'theology' of bodily inclusiveness, arguing for a person-centred, non-judgemental approach to bodily variability and neuro-diversity. I conclude with critical ruminations about oppressive normalcy and by pointing out some pathways to navigating variability-affirming 'anthroposcapes' - landscapes of embodied human experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Variable Body in History
PublisherVerlag Peter Lang AG
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781787071018
ISBN (Print)9781906165727
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


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