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Vital BodiesLiving with Illness$
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Charlotte Bates

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335047

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335047.001.0001

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Hands and hearts

Hands and hearts

(p.71) Six Hands and hearts
Vital Bodies

Charlotte Bates

Policy Press

The sixth chapter, Hands and hearts, considers the emotional connections between bodies, minds and landscapes, and touches on themes of finding a home and belonging in the world. Through this chapter, we see how bodies find their own routes through the spaces of everyday life, and how, just as illness refuses to be contained within bodies, bodies refuse to be confined by illness. Anna, who has depression, does not have any of the same doubts about her hands that she does about her mind and its thoughts. She never thinks twice about their ability to do things, and they do not seem to suffer from the same anxiety and self-hatred that she does. Anna’s acute mind-body split illustrates how she belongs in the world through her body and at the same time feels distant from it.

Keywords:   Hands, Hearts, Body, Mind, Belonging

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