The knowing body as a floating body

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This article enriches practice-based studies on bodily knowing by conceptualizing the knowing body as a floating body. This concept accords epistemic value to two forms of bodily existence – waking and sleeping – that are considered to be intertwined and floating. Based on an auto-ethnographic study conducted in Finnish academia, we propose three different sensorial flows that the knowing body engages in when participating in organizational practices: sensory release, within-corporeality and sensory entanglement in dreams. These forms highlight the inconstant and uncertain nature of embodied knowing, suggesting a novel onto-epistemological stance in which the knowing body is thought of as a floating body that is never still. The study also has implications for management education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-534
Journal Management Learning
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • academia
  • auto-ethnography
  • bodily knowing
  • practice-based knowing
  • sleeping

Field of science

  • Sociology
  • Business and management

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