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Body Thoughts

By (author) Andrew Strathern
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, United States
Published: 31st Jul 1996
Dimensions: w 165mm h 241mm
Weight: 580g
ISBN-10: 0472095803
ISBN-13: 9780472095803
Barcode No: 9780472095803
Through a continuous and deliberate juxtaposition of materials from Europe and Melanesia, Andrew J. Strathern shows that, from one viewpoint, the ways in which the life-worlds of other cultures have been portrayed have inevitably been influenced by European categories of understanding; while, from another viewpoint, there are indeed similarities between, e.g., the humoral medical theories of ancient Greece and humoral notions in New Guinea cultures today. Other topics taken up for discussion are ideas about the body, health, and sickness; trance and healing; the concept of embodiment and its uses in contemporary theorizing in anthropology; and the understanding of spirit possession as a form of historical consciousness.

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