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A phenomenology of fear : Merleau-Ponty and agoraphobic life-worlds.

Davidson, Joyce (2000) A phenomenology of fear : Merleau-Ponty and agoraphobic life-worlds. Sociology of Health and Illness, 22 (5). pp. 640-660. ISSN 0141-9889

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Abstract

This paper explores the nature of agoraphobic sufferers' fears of social spaces drawing on Merleau-Ponty's dual conceptions of 'lived' and 'objective' space. Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological approach highlights both the mediating role of sensations in acquiring a sense of identity and the importance of recognising the social (as opposed to the merely individual) construction of lived space. I argue that an approach capable of theorising agoraphobic 'being-in-the-world' requires just such recognition of the effect that other people have on the space that they occupy. The potential relevance of this approach for sufferers from agoraphobia is explored through a case study.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology of Health and Illness
Uncontrolled Keywords: agoraphobia • Merleau‐Ponty • body-boundaries • lived space • self-identity
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 14367
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2008 14:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 16:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14367

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