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TraversingEmbodied Lifeworlds in the Czech Republic$
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Susanna Trnka

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749223

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749223.001.0001

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Movement, Technology, and Culture in the Making of (Czech) Lives

Movement, Technology, and Culture in the Making of (Czech) Lives

(p.1) Introduction Movement, Technology, and Culture in the Making of (Czech) Lives
(p.iii) Traversing

Susanna Trnka

Cornell University Press

This chapter outlines the ways of seeing, experiencing, and moving through the world and the kinds of persons people become through them. It explains the process known as traversing, which was drawn from philosophical concepts developed by two phenomenological philosophers, Martin Heidegger and Jan Patocka. With the ethnographic analyses of the lives of contemporary Czechs, the chapter examines how embodiment is crucial for understanding “being-in-the-world.” Specifically, it focuses on three kinds of movements made as embodied actors in the world: how people move through time and space, how people move toward and away from one another, and how people move toward themselves and the earth they live on. It highlights the significance of both spatiality and temporality, considering how movement varies across different moments in the body's temporality or life course.

Keywords:   traversing, Martin Heidegger, Jan Patocka, contemporary Czechs, embodiment, seeing, experiencing, moving, spatiality, temporality

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