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Culture and Weight Consciousness - Mervat Nasser

Culture and Weight Consciousness

Paperback Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780415161534
Number Of Pages: 160

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Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are among the few psychiatric syndromes with a plausible socio-cultural model of causation. Issues of culture and slimness are usually considered in terms of the experience of the western world, but there is a growing body of research suggesting that concern with slimness is becoming more prevalent in non-western cultures.
In Culture and Weight Consciousness, Mervat Nasser brings together this research and looks at the recent emergence of eating disorders in cultures that were previously free of such problems. She relates the feminist theories that have been put forward to explain the phenomenon of eating disorders in the west to the condition of modern women in many non-western cultures and concludes that their position is not at all that different from that of their western counterparts. This leads her to address the current limitations of the concept of culture and draw out the implications for future research.

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xvi
The Sociocultural Model of Eating Pathologyp. 1
The Concept of Culture Boundedness and Eating Disordersp. 14
The Emergence of Eating Disorders in Other Cultures/Societiesp. 24
The Other Women-immune or Vulnerable?p. 61
Culture: Between Differences and Commonalitiesp. 98
Bibliographyp. 108
Indexp. 129
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ISBN: 9780415161534
ISBN-10: 0415161533
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1