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The body is man's first and most natural instrument. Or more accurately, not to speak of instruments, man's first and most natural technical object, and at the same time technical means, is his body. (Mauss, 1979: 104)
The concept of body techniques was introduced to the literature by Marcel Mauss (1979) and is based, in the ...