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Title: Names, Bodies and Identities
Authors: Pilcher, Jane
First Published: 18-May-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Sociology May 18, 2015 0038038515582157
Abstract: In this article, I argue that the emerging field of the sociology of naming should recognize the fundamental importance of bodies in the range of social practices through which individuals come to have, and to be identified by, names. I introduce the concept of ‘embodied named identity’ to describe the outcome of identificatory practices of naming fundamentally orientated around and rooted in the body. I argue that the concept addresses the neglect of the body within the sociology of names and the neglect of naming within both the sociology of identity and in the sociology of the body. In my elaboration of the value of the concept of embodied named identity for enhancing sociological understanding, I focus on evidence on naming practices in relation to sexed and gendered bodies, racialized and ethnic bodies, bodies, nicknames and characterisation, ‘nameless’ bodies and ‘body-less’ names.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038038515582157
ISSN: 0038-0385
eISSN: 1469-8684
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. Version of record:
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