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Author Girard, René, 1923-2015.

Title Anorexia and mimetic desire / René Girard ; translated by Mark R. Anspach
Published East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxxvi, 75 pages)
Series Breakthroughs in mimetic theory
Breakthroughs in mimetic theory.
Contents ""Contents""; ""Foreword, by Jean-Michel Oughourlian, translated by M.B. DeBevoise""; ""Introduction: Anorexia and the Spirit of the Times, by Mark R. Anspach""; ""Eating Disorders and Mimetic Desire, by René Girard""; ""A Conversation with René Girard, with Mark R. Anspachand Laurence Tacou""; ""Notes""
Summary Ren Girard shows that all desires are contagious and the desire to be thin is no exception. In this compelling new book, Girard ties the anorexia epidemic to what he calls mimetic desire: a desire imitated from a model. Girard has long argued that, far from being spontaneous, our most intimate desires are copied from what we see around us. In a culture obsessed with thinness, the rise of eating disorders should be no surprise. When everyone is trying to slim down, Girard asks, how can we convince anorexic patients to have a healthy outlook on eating? Mixing theoretical sophistication with irreverent common sense, Girard denounces a culture of anorexia and takes apart the competitive impulse that fuels the game of conspicuous non-consumption. He shows that showing off a slim physique is not enough the real aim is to be skinnier than one's rivals. In the race to lose the most weight, the winners are bound to be thinner and thinner. Taken to extremes, this tendency to escalation can only lead to tragic results. Featuring a foreword by neuropsychiatrist Jean-Michel Oughourlian and an introductory essay by anthropologist Mark R. Anspach, the volume concludes with an illuminating conversation between Ren Girard, Mark R. Anspach, and Laurence Tacou
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Anorexia nervosa -- Psychological aspects.
Anorexia nervosa.
Desire (Philosophy)
Philosophy, French -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Anspach, Mark R
LC no. 2012049437
ISBN 1609173767 (electronic bk.)
162896037X (electronic bk.)
9781609173760 (electronic bk.)
9781628960372 (electronic bk.)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)