"Attached Files": Anthropological Essays on Body, Psyche, Attachment and Spirituality
“Attached Files” is a selection of lectures and papers written by Imre Lázár, a medical anthropologist with twenty-five years of experience, situated at the crossroads and frontiers of several disciplines, including anthropology, health sciences, religious studies, human ecology, and environmental ethics. The shared focus, connecting these borderlands into a common semantic network, is the problem of the synergic logic of human bonds and attachment embodied by somatic, social, institutional and symbolic structures. The first part of the book deals with pluralism and the enculturation of the medical practice and its anthropological perspectives. The concept of attachment, metaphorized by the title, also provides a common ground to envisage cultural history, philosophy, literature, and biomedical sciences in terms of synergic human agency and its obstacles.
The book integrates various strands of anthropology, such as the evolutionary and the symbolic, and the materialist and the idealist. The book will be useful for those interested in the fields of medical anthropology, health psychology, religious studies, human ecology, ecophilosophy, and environmental ethics.
Imre Lázár is a medical doctor and anthropologist, and served as Head of the Medical Anthropology Department at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of Semmelweis University between 2004 and 2013. He currently leads the Medical Humanities Research Group at Semmelweis University, and is also Associate Professor at the Institute of Social and Communication Sciences at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Budapest. He is Head of the Central and East European Society of Behavioral Medicine and Convenor of the Sacral Communication and Healing Network of EASA.
"Imre Lázár’s new book represents a bold and provocative attempt to integrate the various strands of anthropology: the evolutionary and the symbolic, the materialist and the idealist. To this end, he advocates a ‘tetrahedronic sphere’ that seeks to describe and account for the ‘basic ecological interrelations of Nature, Society, Technology and Ideas,’ while at the same time always leaving room for the spiritual as well. This approach is delivered by means of a number of lectures that Professor Lázár has held over the past decades in the field of Medical Anthropology, broadly conceived. Thus, many of the chapters are concerned with embodiment, with the relationship between mind and body, and with physical, mental, and spiritual health. The first few essays focus explicitly on the body as an object of various healing systems and techniques, while the second part deals with birth, motherhood, and attachment, and the third part with modern dystopias, in which the body-centeredness of the first part gives way to an approach focusing on the spirit, its sorrows and its attempts to secure freedom. All in all, this book offers a number of highly original ideas regarding anthropology in general and medical anthropology in particular, along with much wisdom about the human condition."
William S. Sax Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg
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