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Techniques of the body*

Techniques of the body* Marcel Mauss Chapter One: The Notion of Techniques of the Body I deliberately say techniques of the body in the plural because it is possible to produce a theory of the technique of the body in the singular on the basis of a study, an exposition, a description pure and simple of techniques of the body in the plural. By this expression I mean the ways in which from society to society men know how to use their bodies. In any case, it is essential to move from the concrete to the abstract and not the other way round. I want to convey to you what I believe is one of the parts of my teaching which is not to be found elsewhere, that I have rehearsed in a course of lectures on descriptive ethnology (the books containing the Summary Instructions and I?tstructions for Ethnographers are to be published) and have tried out several times in my teaching at the Institut d'Ethnologie of the University of Paris. When a natural science makes advances, it only ever does so in the direction of the concrete, and always in the direction of the unknown. Now the unknown is found at the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economy and Society Taylor & Francis

Techniques of the body*

Economy and Society , Volume 2 (1): 19 – Feb 1, 1973

Techniques of the body*

Economy and Society , Volume 2 (1): 19 – Feb 1, 1973

Abstract

Marcel Mauss Chapter One: The Notion of Techniques of the Body I deliberately say techniques of the body in the plural because it is possible to produce a theory of the technique of the body in the singular on the basis of a study, an exposition, a description pure and simple of techniques of the body in the plural. By this expression I mean the ways in which from society to society men know how to use their bodies. In any case, it is essential to move from the concrete to the abstract and not the other way round. I want to convey to you what I believe is one of the parts of my teaching which is not to be found elsewhere, that I have rehearsed in a course of lectures on descriptive ethnology (the books containing the Summary Instructions and I?tstructions for Ethnographers are to be published) and have tried out several times in my teaching at the Institut d'Ethnologie of the University of Paris. When a natural science makes advances, it only ever does so in the direction of the concrete, and always in the direction of the unknown. Now the unknown is found at the

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1469-5766
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0308-5147
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Abstract

Marcel Mauss Chapter One: The Notion of Techniques of the Body I deliberately say techniques of the body in the plural because it is possible to produce a theory of the technique of the body in the singular on the basis of a study, an exposition, a description pure and simple of techniques of the body in the plural. By this expression I mean the ways in which from society to society men know how to use their bodies. In any case, it is essential to move from the concrete to the abstract and not the other way round. I want to convey to you what I believe is one of the parts of my teaching which is not to be found elsewhere, that I have rehearsed in a course of lectures on descriptive ethnology (the books containing the Summary Instructions and I?tstructions for Ethnographers are to be published) and have tried out several times in my teaching at the Institut d'Ethnologie of the University of Paris. When a natural science makes advances, it only ever does so in the direction of the concrete, and always in the direction of the unknown. Now the unknown is found at the

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Economy and SocietyTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 1973

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