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Corporeality (“of the body”) is a key construct in several areas of thought including philosophy,
medicine, ethics, law, and commerce. Conceptualizations of and assumptions regarding
corporeal consent – that is, granting consent to the access of one’s own body – differ in key ways
across existing literatures that include discussions of consent. These differences often emanate
from the nature of negotiated exchange transactions during which the granting of corporeal
consent is accomplished. In this paper, we review, compare, and contrast concepts drawn from
three areas of existing literature that contain treatments of corporeal autonomy and consent
during negotiated exchange transactions: health care, fringe commerce, and asymmetric power
culture. Based on this review and a comparative analysis, we offer an integrative framework and
identify specific research questions to guide future empirical investigations of corporeal consent
and autonomy within negotiated transactional exchanges.

Read more about the presenter Mara Waller.