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The Hero Organism: Advancing the embodiment of heroism thesis in the 21st Century

Efthimiou, O. (2017) The Hero Organism: Advancing the embodiment of heroism thesis in the 21st Century. In: Allison, S.T., Goethals, G.R. and Kramer, R.M., (eds.) Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, Oxford, UK, pp. 139-162.

Abstract

This chapter aims to contribute to growing heroism research by considering the role of embodiment in the heroic process and experience, which has hitherto been neglected from the literature. This perspective is a reflection of intellectual shifts towards greater multiple disciplinarity. Heroism is defined as a distinct state of embodied consciousness accessible to all human agents in everyday lived experience. The lived heroic body is mapped across five spheres: the biological; the ecological; the social; the cultural; and the phenomenological. The chapter concludes with the introduction of the author’s transdisciplinary epistemological and methodological framework, the hero organism, as work in development alongside the discovery of the processes, functions and consequences of the heroic embodied mind.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2017 – Routledge
Publishers Website: https://www.routledge.com/Handbook-of-Heroism-and-...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/37045
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