The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- SAGE Publications
In this wide-ranging book, Julie Hepworth casts a critical light on our contemporary understanding of anorexia nervosa. She locates contemporary discourses of anorexia nervosa within their historical context, showing how current practices continue to be influenced by medicine, psychology, ideology and politics. She argues that anorexia nervosa must be considered within the political, social and gendered relationships that continue to contribute to its definition. The book demonstrates the need for a new conceptualization of anorexia nervosa which would draw on the insights of discourse theory, feminism and postmodernism to create new understandings of anorexia nervosa within contemporary health care practices.
About the Author
Dr Julie Hepworth is Lecturer in the Department of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: EARLY IDEAS ABOUT SELF-STARVATION AND ANOREXIA NERVOSAFrom Religion to Madness Religious and Medical Interpretations of Self-StarvationThe Late Nineteenth-Century Medical Discovery of Anorexia NervosaEarly Social, Cultural and Feminist Theories of Anorexia NervosaPART TWO: HEALTH CARE WORKERS' CONSTRUCTION OF ANOREXIA NERVOSAConstructions of Gender and Identity in Anorexia NervosaThe Multiplicity and Diversity of Causes of Anorexia NervosaClinical Treatments for Anorexia NervosaPART THREE: POSTMODERNISM, THE BODY, AND THERAPY: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICEAnorexia Nervosa, Postmodern Readings of the Body and Narrative TherapySelf, Psychotherapy and Participation in the Public Domain