The conception of and attitude to the body among the Ursulines
Changing attitudes to the body can be traced in different temporal as well as spatial contexts. The body as the first level of interaction in social contacts has a symbolic meaning in present-day society. The contemporary emphasis on corporality and the desired shape and condition of the body has a strong influence on the conception people have of their own body, and this is also connected with the behaviour towards their body. The female body is particularly exposed to these trends, because great importance is attributed to it in shaping a woman’s identity based on reflections in the environment. Is it possible then to refer to a monastic community as an environment with a specific attitude to the body?