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Skin A Natural History

ISBN-10: 0520256247

ISBN-13: 9780520256248

Edition: 2008

Authors: Nina G. Jablonski

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Description:

We expose it, cover it, paint it, tattoo it, scar it, and pierce it. Our intimate connection with the world, skin protects us while advertising our health, our identity, and our individuality. This dazzling synthetic overview, written with a poetic touch and taking many intriguing side excursions, is a complete guidebook to the pliable covering that makes us who we are.Skin: A Natural Historycelebrates the evolution of three unique attributes of human skin: its naked sweatiness, its distinctive sepia rainbow of colors, and its remarkable range of decorations. Jablonski begins with a look at skin's structure and functions and then tours its three-hundred-million-year evolution, delving into such topics as the importance of touch and how the skin reflects and affects emotions. She examines the modern human obsession with age-related changes in skin, especially wrinkles. She then turns to skin as a canvas for self-expression, exploring our use of cosmetics, body paint, tattooing, and scarification.Skin: A Natural Historyplaces the rich cultural canvas of skin within its broader biological context for the first time, and the result is a tremendously engaging look at ourselves.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Skin Laid Bare
History
Sweat
Skin and Sun
Skin's Dark Secret
Color
Touch
Emotions, Sex, and Skin
Wear and Tear
Statements
Future Skin
Glossary
Notes
References
Index