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Author Westmoreland, Peter, author.

Title How handedness shapes lived experience, intersectionality, and inequality : hand and world / Peter Westmoreland
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 228 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: the lived experience of the left -- A phenomenology of handedness -- Act like a right-hander: right hand bias in norms of proximate space inhabitation -- The phenomenology of asymmetry and distinguishing left and right -- Throwing like a left-hander: impacts of handedness on athletic performance -- Sexism caught right-handed: the norms of intersecting gender and handedness theory (NIGHT) -- Harms of handedness -- Liberation in the dexteronormative society
Summary This book delivers philosophys first sustained examination of handedness: being left-handed, right-handed, etc. It engages literature from phenomenology and continental philosophy, analytic philosophy, laterality studies, cognitive science and psychology, gender studies and feminist philosophy, sociology, political science, and more to provide a systematic accounting of the nature of handedness, its basis in lived experience, its effects on bodily performance, its role in varieties of inequality, and its part in oppression and liberation. As a radical asymmetry in the body, handedness plays a key role in human flourishing. It informs both personal bodily movement and social life, from handshakes and high fives to high tech tools made for one hand or the other. Moreover, with left-handers making up just 10% of the population, handedness presents a significant inequality in lived experience. To live and live well, we must understand handedness.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Peter Westmoreland is a professor in the Ethics Institute at St. Petersburg College, USA
Print version record
Subject Left- and right-handedness -- Philosophy
Human body (Philosophy)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783031238925
Other Titles Hand and world