The locked-down body: embodiment in the age of pandemic

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In this essay I analyse the bodily and personal changes brought about by the pandemic and resulting lockdown, and their profound disruption to life as we previously knew it. The essay has three aims. First, to make explicit the different aspects of lockdown experience and what I call the locked-down body.
Second, to account for how our embodied lives have changed with the pandemic. And third, to reflect on our pre-pandemic habits and ways of life, which were
previously taken for granted and hence hidden. To do this, I will contrast “normal” pre-pandemic social and embodied life with the “abnormal” or “new normal” of
physical distancing and lockdown conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages5
JournalThe Philosopher
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020


  • pandemic
  • covid 19
  • phenomenology of illness
  • social distancing
  • normal and pathological
  • social experience
  • lived experience


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