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Culture and the human body : an anthropological perspective

Author: John W Burton
Publisher: Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2001.
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In the course of human prehistory and continuing to the present day, culture has played a prominent role in transforming the human form. From birth to death, the body serves as a medium and metaphor of cultural expression. This book provides a broadly comparative perspective on the many and varied ways in which the human body has been sculpted and transformed by particular cultural traditions and argues that in  Read more...
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Burton, John W., 1952-
Culture and the human body.
Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)891448762
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W Burton
ISBN: 9781577661801 157766180X
OCLC Number: 46943314
Description: viii, 129 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : an anthropology of the human body --
Human evolution and human culture --
You and me : the social life of the body --
Us and them : ethnicity, identity, and the body --
Him and her : initiation and the body --
Now and then : technology and the body.
Responsibility: John W. Burton.

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In the course of human prehistory and continuing to the present day, culture has played a prominent role in transforming the human form. From birth to death, the body serves as a medium and metaphor of cultural expression. This book provides a broadly comparative perspective on the many and varied ways in which the human body has been sculpted and transformed by particular cultural traditions and argues that in significant ways, the human body has transcended the laws of natural selection.

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