Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory by Karen Dale (auth.)

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232). ). Armstrong (1987) argues that sociology has constantly fought off encroachments by biology on to its disciplinary territory. Some biologists have discussed human behaviour as an extension of animal behaviour and as a phenomenon which can be understood in the same way as that of animals. The popularity of the work of Desmond Morris ± from naked ape to manwatching [sic], sexwatching and babywatching ± indicates the powerful nature of these sorts of argument. In the 1970s, sociobiology became influential as a way of establishing a biological basis for all human behaviour.

Whose identities predominate over others? We need to consider why there have been cuts between certain relations, categories, concepts and what power relations have been invested in them. We also need to consider what differences have been emphasised while others have been occluded. Who or what have been forced into sameness or marginalised as Other? These are questions that need to be borne in mind when considering the assumptions and consequences of the relationship between organisation studies and the human body.

6). Even going through all this, they only ever gain a penis which they cannot `get up'. The erect and powerful phallus remains elusive. In what I think is an extraordinary piece of writing, Sobchack (1995) describes what it is like to be a `cyborg' woman through the amputation of her left leg above the knee, from cancer, and its replacement with a prosthetic limb. Her lived experience is one of pain, phantom sensations, the screwing in of the new leg, the loss of weight involved, and the intense exercise needed to learn to move as a cyborg.

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