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Dictionary of gestures : expressive comportments and movements in use around the world

Author: François Caradec; Philippe Cousin; Chris Clarke, (Translator)
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is an illustrated dictionary of over 850 gestures from around the world. Gestures often convey meanings that transcend borders, but sometimes they bear vastly different meanings from one continent to another. A dictionary, then, of bodily signs made voluntarily in order to communicate in a open manner: not sign language, no involuntary psychoanalytic "tells," no dance moves, and no secret means of exchange
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: François Caradec; Philippe Cousin; Chris Clarke, (Translator)
ISBN: 9780262038492 0262038498
OCLC Number: 1048032737
Notes: Translation of: Dictionnaire des gestes : attitudes et mouvements expressifs en usage dans le monde entier.
Description: 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: On the beauty of gestures --
The Head --
The Temples --
The Ear --
The Forehead --
The Eyebrows and Eyelashes --
The Eye --
The Nose --
The Mouth --
The Lips --
The Tongue --
The Teeth --
The Cheeks --
The Chin --
The Neck --
The Shoulders --
The Armpits --
The Arms --
The Forearm --
The Elbow --
The Wrist --
The Fingernails --
The Hand --
The Fist --
Both Hands --
Hand to Hand --
The Thumb --
The Thumb is not Alone --
The Index Finger --
The Middle Finger --
The Ring Finger --
The Little Finger (The Pinky) --
The Torso --
The Chest --
The Hips --
The Waist and the Stomach --
The Buttocks --
The Groin, the Genitals, the Thighs --
The Knees, the Legs --
The Foot.
Other Titles: Dictionnaire des gestes.
Responsibility: François Caradec ; illustrated by Philippe Cousin ; translated by Chris Clarke.

Abstract:

"This is an illustrated dictionary of over 850 gestures from around the world. Gestures often convey meanings that transcend borders, but sometimes they bear vastly different meanings from one continent to another. A dictionary, then, of bodily signs made voluntarily in order to communicate in a open manner: not sign language, no involuntary psychoanalytic "tells," no dance moves, and no secret means of exchange (for example, the recent appropriation of the same "a-ok" gesture mentioned above by white supremecists) or professional codes (military, for example). Which is not to make this book sound limited, but rather to explain that the overall guiding principle is the way we go about joining words to gestures throughout the world in our everyday lives (gestures don't constitute a language in and of themselves), with a side interest in the fact that there are no universals in the realm of the gesture. All entries are illustrated in a how-to manner via drawings (utilizing men, women, and children from all cultures, reflecting the book's global coverage), while illustrations from other sources showing gestures being performed in various cultural contexts throughout history are also scattered throughout the book and the introduction. Entries are organized by body parts and body regions, from head to foot (with everything in between: chin, nose, thumb, buttocks, and 33 other body parts), with an index for intention and interpretation of the different gestures (i.e., Complicity, Despair, Homosexuality, Indifference, Satisfaction, and so on) that makes for a different means of taxonomy"--

Gestures often convey meanings that transcend borders, but sometimes they bear vastly different meanings from one continent to another. This illustrated dictionary of gestures from around the world explains the way we go about joining words to gestures throughout the world in our everyday lives, with a side interest in the fact that there are no universals in the realm of the gesture. Entries are illustrated in drawings utilizing men, women, and children from all cultures, with illustrations from other sources showing gestures being performed in various cultural contexts throughout history. Entries are organized by body parts and body regions, with an index for intention and interpretation of the different gestures that makes for a different means of taxonomy. -- adapted from publisher info

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