Body Knowledge and the Shaping of Emotions
Moreover, the role of the body as well as of types of knowledge has been increasingly discussed in emotion research over recent years. Scheers (2012) idea of emotions as embodied practices broadens the analytic view of feelings as part of embodied processes whereas the analysis of the influence of declarative knowledge on human emotions has a well-founded tradition in the sociology of emotions.
However, what is often neglected are interdependencies of emotions as a type of embodied knowledge and the knowledge individuals have about their bodies.
Using in-depth interview data from a study on women in leadership positions and emotional labour as an example, I investigate the importance of reflexive knowledge of the body for the development of embodied knowledge and vice versa. From this research, I want to outline the power of the gendered body and its associated assumptions in ordinary practices.