By Paul Stoller
Among the Songhay of Mali and Niger, who think of the tummy the seat of character, studying is known now not when it comes to psychological job yet in physically phrases. Songhay bards learn background through "eating the phrases of the ancestors," and sorcerers examine their paintings via eating specific elements, through trying out their flesh with knives, by means of learning ache and illness.
In Sensuous Scholarship Paul Stoller demanding situations modern social theorists and cultural critics who—using the idea of embodiment to critique Eurocentric and phallocentric predispositions in scholarly thought—consider the physique basically as a textual content that may be learn and analyzed. Stoller argues that this angle is in itself Eurocentric and is very irrelevant for anthropologists, who usually paintings in societies during which the concept of textual content, and textual interpretation, is foreign.
Throughout Sensuous Scholarship Stoller argues for the significance of figuring out the "sensuous epistemologies" of many non-Western societies in order that we will greater comprehend the societies themselves and what their epistemologies need to educate us approximately human adventure in general.