Body
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1. Terminology

The term “body (Latin corpus) may denote a recognizable object or a limited aggregate of a particular material, an object that occupies space and possesses mass, or a corporation. Usually, however, it is understood as denoting the form of a living creature or human being. The physique and psychosexual constitution of the human body are not considered anthropological constants. In addition, a methodological distinction is made between the body as a model or construct (German Kör…

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Brinkschulte, Eva and Sorgo, Gabriele, “Body”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022657>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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