Learning Objectives

Chapter Overview:

This chapter begins with a discussion of the body as site for knowing. In other words, we use our body language to communicate who we are and what we know. The authors discuss how we become who we are by defining and illustrating such concepts as epistemic, epistemology, and body epistemology. Furthering these explanations is a discussion of specific nonverbal communication: chronemics, kinesics, haptics, artifacts, proxemics, and paralinguistics. The chapter closes with the impact of nonverbal communication on our public presentations.

Chapter Goals:

  • Explore how the body is a site of knowing
  • Describe how the body can be a means of learning
  • Distinguish the types of nonverbal communication
  • Apply concepts of embodied knowing and nonverbal communication to your everyday life and, specifically, to your public advocacy efforts

Chapter Outline:

  1. Body Epistemology: Knowing
  2. Embodied Learning: Training and Practice
  3. Bodies and Identities
  4. Body Language: Communicating
    1. Chronemics
    2. Haptics
    3. Proxemics
    4. Artifacts
    5. Paralinguistics
    6. Kinesics
    7. Body Intentionality
  5. Public Advocacy: The Body as a Resource
    1. Listen to Your Body
    2. Practice Intentionality in Your Embodied Communication