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Title: Meeting the challenge : the social constitution of difficulties with eating
Author: Christmas, Paula
ISNI:       0000 0004 2704 1021
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 1996
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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