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House of Anansi Press (September 2013)
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Mathematics & Science


The Stuff Of Life

by Hill, Lawrence

Bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today.

Blood runs red through every person's arteries and fulfills the same functions in every human being. However, as much as the study and use of blood has helped advance our understanding of human biology, its cultural and social representations have divided us perennially. Blood pulses through religions, literature, and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides them. The perceptions of difference in our blood have defined and separated people on the basis of gender, race, and nation. Perceptions about the history and purity of one's blood have spawned rules about who gets to belong to a family or cultural group, who enjoys the rights of citizenship and nationality, what privileges one can expect to be granted or denied, whether you inherit diseases or the right to rule over the masses, what constitutes fair play in sport, and what, exactly, constitutes a person's identity.

BLOOD: The Stuff of Life is a fascinating historical and contemporary interpretation of blood, as a bold and enduring determinant of identity, gender, race, culture, citizenship, belonging, privilege, deprivation, athletic superiority, and nationhood.

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