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Critical Feminist Approaches to Eating Dis/Orders

Critical Feminist Approaches to Eating Dis/Orders

by Helen Malson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415418119

ISBN-13: 9780415418119

Pub. Date: 07/06/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Over the past decade there have been significant shifts both in feminist approaches to the field of eating disorders and in the ways in which gender, bodies, body weight, body management and food are understood, represented and regulated within the dominant cultural milieus of the early twenty-first century.

Critical Feminist Approaches to Eating Dis/Orders

Overview

Over the past decade there have been significant shifts both in feminist approaches to the field of eating disorders and in the ways in which gender, bodies, body weight, body management and food are understood, represented and regulated within the dominant cultural milieus of the early twenty-first century.

Critical Feminist Approaches to Eating Dis/Orders addresses these developments, exploring how eating disordered subjectivities, experiences and body management practices are theorised and researched within postmodern and post-structuralist feminist frameworks.

Bringing together an international range of cutting-edge, contemporary feminist research and theory on eating disorders, this book explores how anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and obesity cannot be adequately understood in terms of individual mental illness and deviation from the norm but are instead continuous with the dominant ideas and values of contemporary cultures.

This book will be essential reading for academic, graduate and post-graduate researchers with an interest in eating disorders and critical feminist scholarship, across a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, cultural studies and gender studies as well as clinicians interested in exploring innovative theory and practice in this field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415418119
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors xi

Foreword Melanie A. Katzman xvii

Acknowledgements xxi

1 Re-theorising the slash of dis/order: An introduction to critical feminist approaches to eating dis/orders Helen Malson Maree Burns 1

Part I Theorising eating dis/orders in a changing world 7

2 Theorising self-starvation: Beyond risk, governmentality and the normalizing gaze Liz Eckermann 9

3 Feeding the body Janet Sayers 22

4 Understanding obesity by understanding desire Michael Gard 35

5 Not just 'a white girl's thing': The changing face of food and body image problems Susan Bordo 46

Part II Interrogating cultural contexts of dis/ordered eating 61

6 A critical discussion of normativity in discourses on eating disorders Paula Saukko 63

7 Beyond western dis/orders: Thinness and self-starvation of other-ed women Mervat Nasser Helen Malson 74

8 Anorexia/bulimia as resistance and conformity in pro-Ana and pro-Mia virtual conversations Katy Day Tammy Keys 87

9 How big girls become fat girls: The cultural production of problem eating and physical inactivity Carla Rice 97

Part III In/visible bodies and embodiment 111

10 Fat, feelings, bodies: A critical approach to obesity Elspeth Probyn 113

11 Bodies as (im)material? Bulimia and body image discourse Maree Burns 124

12 Appearing to disappear: Postmodern femininities and self-starved subjectivities Helen Malson 135

13 Weight management, good health and the will to normality Kathleen Lebesco 146

Part IV Critiquing the discourses and discursive practices of treatment 157

14 Food for thought: Embodied slimness and nursing within an eating disorders unit Ruth Surtees 159

15 The anorexic as femmefatale: Reproducing gender through the father/psychiatrist-daughter/patient relationship Nicole Moulding 172

16 'There's something in my brain that doesn't work properly': Weight loss surgery and the medicalisation of obesity Karen Throsby 185

17 Therapeutic discourse and eating disorders in the context of power Michael Guilfoyle 196

Part V Critical interventions 207

18 Anti-anorexia/bulimia: A polemics of life and death David Epston Rick Maisel 209

19 Feminisms in practice: Challenges and opportunities for an eating issues community agency Maree Burns Jane Tyrer 221

20 Rediscovering a daughter Richard Treadgold Ann Treadgold Diana Treadgold 233

21 Complexities of power and meaning: A reflection on Parts IV and V Helen Gremillion 245

Index 253

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