Rausch, Körper, Geschichte. : Überlegungen und Perspektiven

From Anthropology to Sociology, many of the historically minded Social Sciences and Cultural Studies have been interested in the subjects of ecstasy, trance and intoxication for a quite a long tme. This article seeks to assemble ideas and outline perspectives for researching the history of ecstatic and/or intoxicated bodies. It draws on approaches from the history of drugs in modern societies and proposes combining them with genealogical and praxeological accounts. The authors argue that these research tools can be fruitful for an integrative approach that can analyze the body history of various forms of ‘Rausch’, such as drug experiences, religious trances, sexual ecstasies, or similar feelings during sports or violence under a common denominator. They want to encourage body historians to focus on the practical production of ecstasies and intoxications and put them even more into the foreground of their research interest. From this angle, the discourses and practices of ‘Rausch’, their embeddedness in socio-technical contexts, and the collectives and self-relations they formed and transformed in the 19th and 20th centuries can be analyzed as techniques of modern body politics.


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