Sensuousness has remained tangential to the thinking of most social scientists despite its centrality in the human experience. This separation has been extended by an incomplete, if not flawed, comprehension of its assumptions and practices. Many thinkers have linked sensuousness to phenomenology and its putative ahistorical subjectivity. This chapter identifies the key components of sensuous perception that might shed light on the turbulent relations among perception, power, and lived experience. Perhaps one of the most essential aspects of a sensuous ethnography for an approach to the study of perception, power, and lived experience is its emphasis on embodiment.
Keywords: human experience, perception, power, lived experience, sensuous ethnography, embodiment