The knowing body as a floating body

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This article enriches practice-based studies on bodily knowing by conceptualizing the knowing body as a floating body. This concept accords epistemic value to two forms of bodily existence – waking and sleeping – that are considered to be intertwined and floating. Based on an auto-ethnographic study conducted in Finnish academia, we propose three different sensorial flows that the knowing body engages in when participating in organizational practices: sensory release, within-corporeality and sensory entanglement in dreams. These forms highlight the inconstant and uncertain nature of embodied knowing, suggesting a novel onto-epistemological stance in which the knowing body is thought of as a floating body that is never still. The study also has implications for management education.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)520-534
StatePublished - 2017
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed