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Anorexia and Mimetic Desire (Breakthroughs in Mimetic by René Girard

By René Girard

René Girard exhibits that each one wants are contagious—and the will to be skinny is not any exception. during this compelling new e-book, Girard ties the anorexia epidemic to what he calls mimetic hope: a wish imitated from a version. Girard has lengthy argued that, faraway from being spontaneous, our so much intimate wants are copied from what we see round us. In a tradition captivated with thinness, the increase of consuming issues could be no shock. while everyone seems to be attempting to narrow down, Girard asks, how do we persuade anorexic sufferers to have a fit outlook on consuming? blending theoretical sophistication with irreverent logic, Girard denounces a “culture of anorexia” and takes aside the aggressive impulse that fuels the sport of conspicuous non-consumption. He indicates that exhibiting off a slender body isn't enough—the genuine objective is to be skinnier than one’s competitors. within the race to lose the main weight, the winners are absolute to be thinner and thinner. Taken to extremes, this tendency to escalation can purely bring about tragic effects. that includes a foreword by means of neuropsychiatrist Jean-Michel Oughourlian and an introductory essay via anthropologist Mark R. Anspach, the quantity concludes with an illuminating dialog among René Girard, Mark R. Anspach, and Laurence Tacou.

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