Names, bodies and identities

Pilcher, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1864-1362, 2016. Names, bodies and identities. Sociology, 50 (4), pp. 764-779. ISSN 0038-0385

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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 characterization, ‘nameless’ bodies and ‘body-less’ names.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sociology
Creators: Pilcher, J.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 August 2016
Volume: 50
Number: 4
ISSN: 0038-0385
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Feb 2019 10:58
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 10:58

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