Donations of Human Organs or Bodies After Death: A Cultural Phenomenology of "Flesh" in the Greek Context
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 283–314, September 1999
How to Cite
Papagaroufali, E. (1999), Donations of Human Organs or Bodies After Death: A Cultural Phenomenology of "Flesh" in the Greek Context. Ethos, 27: 283–314. doi: 10.1525/eth.19184.108.40.2063
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
Several body theorists focus on the precultural materiality of the body as flesh to argue against the discursively constructed, supposedly fleshless or imagined bodies of postmodernity. This article is about body perceptions of 24 people sharing an exceptionally fleshly and seemingly imagined experience: their determination to donate their organs or bodies after their death. Approaching prospective donation as a culturally elaborated, somatic, intersubjective practice, I argue, first, that flesh in itself does not guarantee the material immediacy of one's self presence. Second, that the imaginary body as flesh may be as much painfully or pleasantly experienced as the non-imaginary one.