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The Body for Beginners

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All societies create images of the body to define themselves and to establish structures of power, knowledge, meaning, and desire. This book looks at current thought about the body from a range of perspectives.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Writers & Readers Publishing
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Arun
Feb 09, 2014 Arun rated it liked it
The Body for Beginners introduces the reader into a new reality; a whole new way of seeing life and the body. The body has traditionally seen as inferior to the mind times since Plato and Descartes. Whereas philosophers who came later like Nietzsche argued otherwise.
The book just faintly introduces the reader to a wide array of topics. The author just quotes all the philosophical thoughts so far and compiles a book without placing his own argument/conclusion on that subject matter. In a way, it
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Kristina Jean Lareau
Mar 29, 2013 Kristina Jean Lareau rated it liked it
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There is some really interesting information in this book and it provides a decent overview of body ideas and construction. There is an obvious bias throughout this book, and some of the facts and explanations should be taken lightly and not as law. I question the inclusion of certain ideas and absence of others. And I KNOW this book was published in 1998, but it FEELS like it was published in 1998. A lot of the assumption of the state of technology, the terminology and the assumptions of the di ...more
Furqan
A very poor introduction to such a fascinating subject. The book contains a hotchpotch of disparate ideas concerning the human body with an inadequate attempt to link them together or elaborate them further. The accompanying illustrations serve no useful purpose and only hinder the reading process.

Plus, there is no guide to further reading, which I always find very helpful. 1.5 stars.
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