On the Other Hand : Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History, Hardback Book

On the Other Hand : Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History Hardback

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Since the late Stone Age, approximately 10 percent of humans have been left-handed, yet for most of human history left-handedness has been stigmatized.

In On the Other Hand, Howard I. Kushner traces the impact of left-handedness on human cognition, behavior, culture, and health.

A left-hander himself, Kushner has long been interested in the meanings associated with left-handedness, and ultimately with whether hand preference can even be defined in a significant way.

As he explores the medical and cultural history of left-handedness, Kushner describes the associated taboos, rituals, and stigma from around the globe.

The words "left" and "left hand" have negative connotations in all languages, and left-handers have even historically been viewed as disabled. In this comprehensive history of left-handedness, Kushner asks why left-handedness exists.

He examines the relationship-if any-between handedness, linguistics, and learning disabilities, reveals how toleration of left-handedness serves as a barometer of wider cultural toleration and permissiveness, and wonders why the reported number of left-handers is significantly lower in Asia and Africa than in the West.

Written in a lively style that mixes personal biography with scholarly research, On the Other Hand tells a comprehensive story about the science, traditions, and prejudices surrounding left-handedness.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 216 pages, 4 Line drawings, black and white; 15 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781421423333

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