Archive for March, 2013

Silent Othering

The inclusion of the other, often means that someone is included, as an-Other after being othered, and in the recognition of being an-Other, the actual Otherness – the affordances and requirements that it (semiotically) materializes, enacts, embodies – are actually rendered silent. For example, the ‘abled body’-perspective others people as disabled and includes or incorporates them by supplementing existing lifeworlds to accommodate these OthersBut in doing so, what is silenced is that bodies just are different and, therefore, differently/diffractively experienced. The aspect of the Otherness of body experience itself is silenced by the two steps of othering and including. However, I argue, that it is this Otherness that we should embrace, instead of silencing it.

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