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The Thin Woman : Feminism, Post-structuralism and the Social Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa - Helen Malson

The Thin Woman

Feminism, Post-structuralism and the Social Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa

Paperback Published: 13th November 1997
ISBN: 9780415163330
Number Of Pages: 250

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The Thin Woman provides an in-depth discussion of anorexia nervosa from a feminist social psychological standpoint. Medicine, psychiatry and psychology have all presented us with particular ways of understanding eating disorders, yet the notion of 'anorexia' as a medical condition limits our understanding of anorexia and the extent to which we can explore it as a socially, discursively produced problem.
Based on original research using historical and contemporary literature on anorexia nervosa, and a series of interviews with women diagnosed as anorexic, The Thin Woman offers new insights into the problem. It will prove useful both to those with an interest in eating disorders and gender, and to those interested in the new developments in feminist post-structuralist theory and discourse analytic research in psychology.

"This concise, formidable, and mainly internally consistent treatise transports one into the world of social science...Read this book and grasp the strengths and weaknesses of social science when it addresses the human condition and individual existence. It has appeal and challenges for all of us: medical practitioners interested in individuals and medical scientists interested in the molecule, as well as sociologists and sufferers seeking a reassuring rationalisation of the psychosocial pathology contributing to their condition.." -"Lancet

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Transcription Conventionsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Towards a Feminist Post-Structuralist Perspectivep. 9
Theorizing Womenp. 11
Discourse, Feminism, Research and the Production of Truthp. 34
A Genealogy of 'Anorexia Nervosa'p. 47
Discoursing Anorexias in the Late Twentieth Centuryp. 76
The Thin/Anorexic Body and the Discursive Production of Genderp. 103
Subjectivity, Embodiment and Gender in a Discourse of Cartesian Dualismp. 121
Anorexia and the Discursive Production of the Selfp. 142
Discursive Self-Production and Self-Destructionp. 159
Conclusionsp. 188
Appendixp. 194
Notesp. 197
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780415163330
ISBN-10: 0415163331
Series: Women and Psychology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 13th November 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1