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By René Girard

René Girard exhibits that each one wants are contagious—and the will to be skinny isn't any exception. during this compelling new booklet, 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 enthusiastic about thinness, the increase of consuming problems can be no shock. whilst everyone seems to be attempting to slender down, Girard asks, how do 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 indicates that displaying off a narrow body isn't enough—the actual target is to be skinnier than one’s competitors. 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 simply bring about tragic effects. that includes a foreword by means of neuropsychiatrist Jean-Michel Oughourlian and an introductory essay by means of anthropologist Mark R. Anspach, the quantity concludes with an illuminating dialog among René Girard, Mark R. Anspach, and Laurence Tacou.

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