Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: The imaginary of plasticity: neural embodiment, epigenetics and ecomorphs
Authors: Papadopoulos, Dimitris
First Published: 1-Sep-2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Sociological Review, 2011, 59 (3), pp. 432-456.
Abstract: Every epoch has its brain. The embodied brain seems to be today at the forefront of attempts to establish post-positivistic approaches in social science and social theory as well as non-reductionist conceptions of the brain and body in neuroscience, developmental science and psychology. But embodiment not only challenges prevalent epistemic and cultural assumptions in these disciplines; it also opens avenues for exploring the plasticity and the emergent epigenetic nature of the brain and body. Plasticity occupies the brain-body imaginary of today's epoch. At the heart of the imaginary of plasticity lies the possibility of recombining brain-body matter and understanding the making of ecologically dependent morphologies in a non-determinist manner. But plasticity as recombination becomes not only a radical challenge to determinist assumptions about the brain-body in Western thought, it becomes also a forceful element of its own regeneration and actualization.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2011.02025.x
ISSN: 0038-0261
eISSN: 1467-954X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © 2011 The Author. The Sociological Review © 2011 The Editorial Board of The Sociological Review. Deposited with reference to The Sociological Review's Exclusive Licence Form, which permits the author to post the accepted version of the Article as originally submitted for publication 12 months after publication. The definitive version is available at
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Management

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
5-BrainMatter--SR-Papadopoulos.pdf490.17 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in LRA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.