RP 188: Perfect Bodies

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  • This book publishes papers presented at an interdisciplinary conference convened by Dr Lo at the British Museum.

    Academics from diverse fields, including historians, anthropologists, sociologists and public health physicians were asked to consider sports and body cultivation East and West. By presenting rigorous situated histories of changing training regimen in different cultures, collectively the papers challenge orthodox notions of the perfect body and its pursuit. The introductory essay by the editor compares and contrasts the different methods and ideals.

    Ancient regimen and techniques may seem remote, yet many attempt to resolve issues that are common to us all. Some are directed at the immortality or longevity of the physical body, and include performance-enhancing nutrition and drug taking; others train the spirit and souls for the afterlife. Many emphasise the interconnectedness of the human body with its environment. The papers set their topic in its broad socio-political and cultural context, facilitating a dialogue with other contributors who considered many similar questions for the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The editor: Vivienne Lo is Senior Lecturer in the History Department at UCL. She is also Director of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity.

  • Product code: cmc0861591886
    Author: Edited by Vivienne Lo
    Authors: Contributors Susan Borwnell;Caroline Cartwright;Paul Dimeo;Sander Gilman;Adrian Harrison;Vanessa Heggie;Thomas M Hunt;Livia Kohn;Vivienne Lo;Christine Nutton;Gemma Phillips;Lisa Raphals;Adrian Renton;Meir Shahar;Mark Singleton;Roel Sterckx;Judith Swaddling;Hans Ulrich Vogel;David White;and Zhou Xun.
    ISBN: 9780861591886
    Format: Perfect bound, gloss laminated cover.
    Number of pages: 174 pages
    Size: A4
    llustrations: 120, many in colour
    Publication date: 2012
    Weight: 0.576kg
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