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Hands What We Do with Them and Why

Leader Darian

9780241256541

BOOK DETAILS

Price: $32.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780241256541
Published: June 2016

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A fresh, thought-provoking and wide-ranging study of how mankind uses its hands

Why do zombies walk with their arms outstretched? How can newborn babies grip an adult finger tightly enough to dangle unsupported from it? And why is everyone constantly texting, tapping and scrolling?

For anyone curious about how human beings work, the answers are hidden in plain sight: in our hands.

The history of civilization is a history of what humans do with their hands. From early tools to machinery, from fists to knives to guns, from papyrus to QWERTY to a swipeable screen, the hands have always been kept occupied.

Why this incessant activity? Why can't we keep our hands still? And what might this reveal about our innermost selves? Mankind's story is marked out by profound changes in how we use our hands but also by underlying patterns that never change. And as much as the things we do with our hands reflect our psychological state, they can also change that state profondly...

Drawing examples from popular culture, art history, psychoanalysis, modern technology and clinical research, Darian Leader presents a unique and fascinating odyssey through the history of what human beings do with their hands - and why.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780241256541
Published: June 2016

Number of pages: 128
Width: 153 mm
Height: 234 mm
Depth: 9 mm

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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