The Embodied Mind: Building on Wacquant’s Carnal Sociology

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This essay responds to Wacquant’s call for a “Carnal Sociology”—an approach best realized through a method Wacquant calls “enactive ethnography.” In this essay, I explore the ways in which certain aspects of Wacquant’s carnal sociology—specifically the sentient, the sedimented and the situated—can enhance our understanding of cognition and meaning-making. I reference an ongoing research project on the deciphering of olfactory messages to make my case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalQualitative Sociology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Action
  • Cognition
  • Culture
  • Embodiment
  • Mind and brain
  • The senses

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