Reframing (Dis)Ordered Bodies: Understanding <em>Agonias</em> via the <em>Habitus</em>

  • Lisa Vieira Dias University of Toronto

Abstract

The expression of agonias among Portuguese populations is an embodied experience of emotions and/or illness that defies Western medical categorization. Within Portuguese communities agonias has multiple meanings. This paper proposes that the embodiment of agonias can be understood via the habitus where the body is a meaning (re)producing social agent. Résumé Au sein des populations portugaises, l'expression agonias incarne une gamme d'émotions et/ou la maladie qui défie toute catégorisation du monde médical occidental. Au cœur des communautés portugaises, agonias a plusieurs sens. Cet essai suggère que l'incarnation de agonias peut être comprise par l'entremise de l'habitus, tandis que le corps représente un agent social de (re)production.

Author Biography

Lisa Vieira Dias, University of Toronto
Lisa Vieira Dias is pursuing her PhD in Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto with a focus in social science health research. Her research interests include women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, health promotion, theories of governmentality and risk, social theories of practice, and critical discourse analysis.
Published
2012-05-17