Being Left in a Right-Handed World: Theorizing the Position of the Left Hand in Contemporary Western Societies

  • Samantha Wauthier

Author Biography

Samantha Wauthier

This paper will argue that 1) historically, various religions, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and corresponding religious interpretations have contributed to the demonization and de-naturalization of the left hand, and 2) express, due to an epistemological shift from religion to science, how institutional and disciplinary power has shaped the semi-marginalization of the left hand in contemporary Western societies.

Part 1: Abject Analyses