Anorexic Bodies: A Feminist and Sociological Perspective on Anorexia Nervosa Morag Macsween

ISBN: 9780415028462

Published: January 1st 1995

Hardcover

273 pages


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Anorexic Bodies: A Feminist and Sociological Perspective on Anorexia Nervosa  by  Morag Macsween

Anorexic Bodies: A Feminist and Sociological Perspective on Anorexia Nervosa by Morag Macsween
January 1st 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 273 pages | ISBN: 9780415028462 | 3.18 Mb

A striking example of a womans illness, anorexia nervosa has previously been studied in isolation from history and politics. However, Anorexic Bodies explores a set of complex theories which together explain anorexia more adequately. The bookMoreA striking example of a womans illness, anorexia nervosa has previously been studied in isolation from history and politics. However, Anorexic Bodies explores a set of complex theories which together explain anorexia more adequately.

The book examines the premise that the body is a concept rather than a simple physical organism and it demonstrates how gender divisions are reflected in current understandings of the body by studying access to womens bodies in rape and representations of womens bodies in pornography. Anorexic Bodies uses original interview material to demonstrate a sociological understanding of the construction of womens bodies in anorexia.Anorexia is treated as an extended example of how women both resist and are constrained by the cultural concept of the female body.

Anorexia is examined as a strategy of resistence, which ultimately becomes its own prison. For it seeks to do individually what can only be done done collectively--to change the construction and control of womens bodies.It will be invaluable reading to medical sociology students, and those studying sociology of the body, womens studies, cultural studies and psychology.



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