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by Afua Hirsch (Author)Format: Hardback 224 pages, Features full colour imagesPublisher: Vintage PublishingImprint: Square PegISBN: 9781529908664Published: 19 Oct 2023
What can ancestral practices teach us about how to live fuller lives today? Upon turning forty, Afua Hirsch had an encounter that forever altered her preconceived notions of ancestry and body image, making her question everything from body-modification rituals such as tattoos and piercings to the foundations of sexuality, as well as attitudes towards puberty, ageing and death. This book charts her year-long journey of radical unlearning. Bringing together global scholarship, on-the-ground reportage, personal anecdotes and interviews with beauty experts, practitioners and service users, she reassesses notions of body image beyond those of the colonial, patriarchal gaze.
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