Enwinding social theory: Wind and weather in Zulu Zionist sensorial experience.

This article written by Rune Flikke discusses the theoretical potential of air, winds, and atmosphere as they place flux, transience, and motion at the center of the human predicament.

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among urban Zulu Zionists, it is argued that the winds blowing across the landscape of KwaZulu-Natal also blew through bodies and in the process restructured subjectivities. Through a general discussion of the phenomenal aspects of air, Flikke argues that we need to approach our sensory relations to weather and atmosphere with a diachronic focus on changing local body-worlds. This is, as the author argues, a leap of the imagination that is needed in order to challenge the material and visual that implicitly underpin much social theory. Such a theoretical move is needed in order to properly approach weather-worlds.

Tags: atmosphere, disease, social theory, weather, health, South Africa, wind, Zulu
Published Sep. 21, 2016 3:29 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2016 3:29 PM