Embodying skillful performance: co-constituting body and world in biotechnology

Dall'Alba, Gloria, Sandberg, Jorgen and Sidhu, Ravinder Kaur (2017) Embodying skillful performance: co-constituting body and world in biotechnology. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50 3: 1-17. doi:10.1080/00131857.2017.1343114

Author Dall'Alba, Gloria
Sandberg, Jorgen
Sidhu, Ravinder Kaur
Title Embodying skillful performance: co-constituting body and world in biotechnology
Journal name Educational Philosophy and Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-1857
Publication date 2017-06-29
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00131857.2017.1343114
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 50
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
1207 History and Philosophy of Science
Abstract This article offers a philosophical-empirical account of embodied skilful performance in the practice of plant biotechnology. Drawing on the work of Merleau-Ponty and others, we elaborate how skilful performance emerges from and through reciprocal relations encompassing the body-in-the-world and the world-in-the-body. The contribution of this article lies in offering an account of skilful performance that is attentive to a perceiving, motile, feeling body entwined with world. In genetically modifying plants, scientists direct their senses of touch and vision to manipulating plant materials and matter, ‘reading’ subtle changes in tissue cultures, plantlets and so on. In rhythmic movements, they extend their bodies through skilful use of complex equipment, while calling on ‘intuition’ to guide their work. Skilful performance, then, relies on our lived body that is not merely a physical object among other objects, nor a passive instrument for the mind, but dynamic and inescapably entwined with people and things in a world in flux. Bringing to the fore how perceiving, motile, feeling bodies are implicated in skilful performance has significant implications for education and workplace training.
Keyword Embodiment
Lived body
Skilful performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP110104382
Institutional Status UQ

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