Anorexic Bodies: A Feminist and Sociological Perspective on Anorexia Nervosa

1st Edition

Morag MacSween, Morag Macsween

Routledge
Published November 2, 1995
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780415028479 - CAT# RU8154

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Summary

This book explores the ways in which anorexic women use their eating to control their bodies. It argues that the female body in modern Western culture is understood as open and accessible and female appetite as dangerous and voracious. Anorexia attempts to resist both these constructions in the creation of a closed, desireless body. Since anorexic women resist the power of collective ideologies their resistance cannot work - the closed body becomes its own prison.

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