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Vital BodiesLiving with Illness$
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Charlotte Bates

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335047

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335047.001.0001

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Feet and legs

Feet and legs

(p.57) Five Feet and legs
Vital Bodies

Charlotte Bates

Policy Press

Moving from the interior to the exterior, the book continues with the fifth chapter, Feet and legs, body parts that, as our connection to the earth and our way of navigating through the world, are perhaps our most direct link to the landscapes in which we live. How do our feet and legs, as well as the shoes and canes that accompany them, connect us to, negotiate us through, and redefine how we know the built environment? How do our bodies redefine the topography of our worlds? This chapter considers the importance of these seemingly simple body parts and the influence that they have on the ways in which we move, dress and travel. Anya has muscular dystrophy and the muscles in her legs are wasting away. But by finding new ways of using her body and by learning her environment in detail, she has held onto her ability to walk and her independence.

Keywords:   Feet, Legs, Walking, Cane, Travel

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