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By René Girard

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

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