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Bodies

Bodies

by Susie Orbach
Paperback
Publication Date: 03/09/2019

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We may be the last generation to inhabit bodies not routinely reconstructed by surgical enhancements.

Over the last decades, our body has become an individual statement and a crucial personal responsibility. For many of us, it is the source of terrible difficulty while for others it is an expensive commodity ...

In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran, behind the Hijab there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions.

In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this book, she raises the fundamental questions about how we arrived here and proposes a new theory on how we became embodied.

ISBN:
9781788162883
9781788162883
Category:
Popular culture
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
03-09-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Profile Books Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
224
Dimensions (mm):
196x128x18mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Susie Orbach

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic. She is the founder of the Women's Therapy Centre of London, a former Guardian columnist and visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the author of a number of books including What Do Women Want, On Eating, Hunger Strike, The Impossibility of Sex, Bodies - which won the Women in Psychology Prize - and the international bestseller Fat is a Feminist Issue, which has sold well over a million copies.

The New York Times said, 'She is probably the most famous psychotherapist to have set up couch in Britain since Sigmund Freud'. She lives in London and lectures extensively worldwide.

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