Meeting the challenge: the social constitution of difficulties with eating

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Christmas, Paula 1996. Meeting the challenge: the social constitution of difficulties with eating. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
AuthorsChristmas, Paula
TypeProf Doc Thesis

A dichotomy has been identified between traditional and
feminist accounts of 'anorexia nervosa', in which both
literatures tend towards universalising accounts of the
development of difficulties with eating (focusing on either
the individual, or social factors). This study draws on
post-structuralist theory to examine the social
constitution of 'anorexia', on the basis of interviews with
six women who had been discharged from a hospital programme
for their eating difficulties. The analysis identified
discourses which were used by these women to account for
their difficulties, and examined the subject positions
allocated to the women through these constructions. It is
argued that in order to move beyond the dualism inherent in
reductionist literature, it is necessary to consider the
meanings of eating difficulties which are produced and
regulated in everyday practices.

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PrintMay 1996
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Deposited06 Jun 2014
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