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- DescriptionRene Girard shows that all desires are contagious--and the desire to be thin is exception. In this compelling new book, Girard ties the arexia epidemic to what he calls mimetic desire: a desire imitated from a model. Girard has long argued that, far from being spontaneous, our most intimate desires are copied from what we see around us. In a culture obsessed with thinness, the rise of eating disorders should be surprise. When everyone is trying to slim down, Girard asks, how can we convince arexic patients to have a healthy outlook on eating? Mixing theoretical sophistication with irreverent common sense, Girard deunces a culture of arexia and takes apart the competitive impulse that fuels the game of conspicuous n-consumption. He shows that showing off a slim physique is t eugh--the real aim is to be skinnier than one's rivals. In the race to lose the most weight, the winners are bound to be thinner and thinner. Taken to extremes, this tendency to escalation can only lead to tragic results.
Featuring a foreword by neuropsychiatrist Jean-Michel Oughourlian and an introductory essay by anthropologist Mark R. Anspach, the volume concludes with an illuminating conversation between Rene Girard, Mark R. Anspach, and Laurence Tacou.
- Author BiographyRene Girard is a member of the French Academy and Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, USA. His books have been translated and acclaimed worldwide. He received the Modern Language Association's Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in 2008.
- Author(s)Rene Girard
- PublisherMichigan State University Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2013
- SubjectClinical Medicine: Professional
- Series TitleBreakthroughs in Mimetic Theory
- Place of PublicationEast Lansing, MI
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMichigan State University Press
- Out-of-print date16/04/2015
- Weight95 g
- Width114 mm
- Height152 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Translated byMark R. Anspach
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