Article ID: CBB196479953

‘Bridging the Sexes’: Feelings, Professional Communities and Emotional Practices in the Spanish Intersex Clinic (2020)

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Health professionals' emotions in the Spanish Intersex Clinic (SIC) act as structures of feeling, not easily available for analysis. Then, what is their role in configuring clinical judgments and decisions regarding non-binary bodies? Non-crystallized structures of feeling emerge as shared practices by the professional community. These practices allow them to square their expectations of a de-emotionalized clinical objectivity and to relieve a distress allegedly caused by a corporeal difference, and not by a sex/gender system that has a hard time processing embodied diversities. In their emotional practices of (un)bridging the (dichotomy of) sexes in the SIC, clinicians emotionally activate (handling fear and uncertainty, showing empathy, using emotionally evocative images), and also emotionally deactivate narratives of sexual difference (using insipid terminology, overusing technical jargon, managing information mechanically, or through acts of debarring to avoid emotions). Emotional practices play a decisive role in interconnecting and shaping ways of doing (strategies, techniques, values) with entities (body, artifacts), to put into practice the knowledge systems that place the human body inside a sexual binary. To envision a language for these practices can bring awareness of the role played by emotions. More importantly, it can facilitate taking into consideration the agency of patients, including possible non binary decisions about their bodies.

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Authors & Contributors
Lanzoni, Susan Marie
Eder, Sandra
Klocker, Natascha
Kerr, Sophie-May
Streuli, Jürg
Kambaskovic, Danijela
Journals
Science in Context
History of Psychology
Medicina Historica
BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review
Transfers
Medical History
Publishers
Yale University Press
University of Chicago Press
Springer
Columbia University Press
Concepts
Emotions; passions
Empathy
Embodiment; corporeality
Doctor-patient relationships
Psychology
Intersex people
People
Pasta, Andrea
Titchener, Edward Bradford
West, Charles
Ward, James
Münsterberg, Hugo
Laennec, René Théophile Hyacinthe
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
Medieval
20th century, late
20th century, early
Renaissance
Places
United States
Germany
United Kingdom
Zurich (Switzerland)
London (England)
Netherlands
Institutions
Johns Hopkins University
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