The Resource Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form, Michael Sims

Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form, Michael Sims

Label
Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form
Title
Adam's navel
Title remainder
a natural and cultural history of the human form
Statement of responsibility
Michael Sims
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An informed survey, Adam's Navel is a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and celebration of the human body. Moving from head to toe in twelve chapters, Michael Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative. "No part of the body lacks a story," writes Sims, who analyzes and demystifies the visible parts of the body that make up the whole-our animal form that is also a screen onto which we project our fears and obsessions. He tells of dreadlocks and Achilles' heel, of fingerprints and penis size. He discusses the history of breastfeeding, the allure of navel rings, ancient rules for shaking hands, why nature builds men and women on a female body plan, and how the evolution of our two-legged stance affects childbirth and back pain. Drawing on evolution and the mechanics of human anatomy, along with Shakespeare, mythology, film, and popular culture, Sims creates a marvelous new lens through which to view this body that we inhabit almost unconsciously. Adam's Navel is a field guide to the landscape of ourselves
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sims, Michael
Dewey number
306.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GT495
LC item number
.S57 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2003 K-605
  • HM 636
NLM item number
S614a 2003
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human body
  • Human body
  • Body image
  • Human body
  • Human Body
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Culture
  • Body Image
Label
Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form, Michael Sims
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overture: Skin deep. -- Part One: Headquarters. The not-quite-naked ape ; Face-to-face ; The vigilant eye ; Lend me your ears ; A ridiculous organ ; The archaic smile -- Part Two: The weight of the world. Arms and the man ; The monkey's paw ; Madonna del latte ; Adam's navel -- Part Three: A leg to stand on. Privy members ; Our steed the leg
Control code
ocm52753863
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780670032242
Lccn
2003041196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)52753863
Label
Adam's navel : a natural and cultural history of the human form, Michael Sims
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overture: Skin deep. -- Part One: Headquarters. The not-quite-naked ape ; Face-to-face ; The vigilant eye ; Lend me your ears ; A ridiculous organ ; The archaic smile -- Part Two: The weight of the world. Arms and the man ; The monkey's paw ; Madonna del latte ; Adam's navel -- Part Three: A leg to stand on. Privy members ; Our steed the leg
Control code
ocm52753863
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780670032242
Lccn
2003041196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)52753863

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