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Gender and Habit: John Dewey and Iris Marion Young on Embodiment and Transformation

Gender and Habit: John Dewey and Iris Marion Young on Embodiment and Transformation Gender and Habit: John Dewey and Iris Marion Young on Embodiment and Transformation amanda dubrule MacEwan University r ese a rcher s c a roly n pedw ell a nd sh a nnon sulli va n have begun to examine how habit can help us better understand the concept and lived experience of gender and how habit can act as a tool for enacting social change. John Dewey’s pragmatism also inquires into how individuals can and should act and respond to their conditions and peers in constantly changing times. Through bringing together Iris Marion Young’s analysis of feminine body comportment in her essay “Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Femi- nine Body Comportment, Motility, and Spatiality” and Dewey’s framework of habit that he develops in his book Human Nature and Conduct, I hope to enter into the ongoing conversation around gender and habit and to propose an outline of how we can begin to transform our often-rigid understanding of gender roles. While Dewey does not inquire into the relationship between gender and habit, he does acknowledge that habit is necessarily embodied: “[B]reathing is an affair of the air as truly as of the lungs; digesting an affair of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Gender and Habit: John Dewey and Iris Marion Young on Embodiment and Transformation

The Pluralist , Volume 17 – Feb 26, 2022

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University of Illinois Press
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Abstract

Gender and Habit: John Dewey and Iris Marion Young on Embodiment and Transformation amanda dubrule MacEwan University r ese a rcher s c a roly n pedw ell a nd sh a nnon sulli va n have begun to examine how habit can help us better understand the concept and lived experience of gender and how habit can act as a tool for enacting social change. John Dewey’s pragmatism also inquires into how individuals can and should act and respond to their conditions and peers in constantly changing times. Through bringing together Iris Marion Young’s analysis of feminine body comportment in her essay “Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Femi- nine Body Comportment, Motility, and Spatiality” and Dewey’s framework of habit that he develops in his book Human Nature and Conduct, I hope to enter into the ongoing conversation around gender and habit and to propose an outline of how we can begin to transform our often-rigid understanding of gender roles. While Dewey does not inquire into the relationship between gender and habit, he does acknowledge that habit is necessarily embodied: “[B]reathing is an affair of the air as truly as of the lungs; digesting an affair of

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The PluralistUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 26, 2022

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