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Type: Journal article
Title: Epigenetics and Obesity: The Reproduction of Habitus through Intracellular and Social Environments
Author: Warin, M.
Moore, V.
Davies, M.
Ulijaszek, S.
Citation: Body and Society, 2016; 22(4):53-78
Publisher: SAGE
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1357-034X
1460-3632
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Megan Warin, Vivienne Moore, Michael Davies, Stanley Ulijaszek
Abstract: Bourdieu suggested that the habitus contains the ‘genetic information’ which both allows and disposes successive generations to reproduce the world they inherit from their parents’ generation. While his writings on habitus are concerned with embodied dispositions, biological processes are not a feature of the practical reason of habitus. Recent critiques of the separate worlds of biology and culture, and the rise in epigenetics, provide new opportunities for expanding theoretical concepts like habitus. Using obesity science as a case study we attempt to conceptualise the enfolding of biological and social processes (via a Deleuzian metaphor) to develop a concept of biohabitus – reconfiguring how social and biological environments interact across the life course, and may be transmitted and transformed intergenerationally. In conclusion we suggest that the enfolding and reproduction of social life that Bourdieu articulated as habitus is a useful theoretical frame that can be enhanced to critically develop epigenetic understandings of obesity, and vice versa.
Keywords: biohabitus; epigenetics; folding; obesity
Description: Published online before print June 29, 2015
Rights: © The Author(s) 2016
RMID: 0030038666
DOI: 10.1177/1357034X15590485
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