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The coming of the body

Author: Hervé Juvin; John Howe
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2010.
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"In this startling new work, Hervé Juvin argues that developments in medicine and science are redefining what it means to be human. Living longer than ever before, and yet increasingly obsessed with longevity and youth, the people of the Western world face an existence disconnected from need, suffering and time'and they are losing their moral compass in the process. New industries have sprung up to promote plastic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Michel Houellebecq; Michel Houellebecq
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hervé Juvin; John Howe
ISBN: 9781844673100 1844673103
OCLC Number: 227016166
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xii, 188 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction ---
1. The body is new ---
2. Production of the body ---
3. My body is my whole inheritance ---
4. The body's politics ---
From one body to another, no chance.
Other Titles: Avènement du corps.
Responsibility: Hervé Juvin ; translated by John Howe.

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"In this startling new work, Hervé Juvin argues that developments in medicine and science are redefining what it means to be human. Living longer than ever before, and yet increasingly obsessed with longevity and youth, the people of the Western world face an existence disconnected from need, suffering and time'and they are losing their moral compass in the process. New industries have sprung up to promote plastic surgery, sex-free reproduction, fitness fads and bizarre diets. Behind this commercial activity is an ideology sympathetic to both eugenics and euthanasia, and dreaming of immortality. In this radically changed world, young people inhabit a digitalized, virtual environment at a far remove from the vital experiences of the body. Juvin's central message is a sinister paradox: what communism set out to do, and disastrously failed to achieve, capitalism is in the process of realizing'the discredited messianic goal of reinventing humanity."--Jacket.

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