The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa
Publication Year: 1999
`A readable book that contains simplified information of some complicated concepts. It will prove of benefit to those readers in the field of women and social studies' - European Eating Disorders Review The concepts presented in this book are carefully argued, succinctly organized, and genuinely stimulating.... It provokes clinicians to think about treatment and the effect of diagnostic practices, it provokes researchers to ask different questions, and it provokes students to read beyond dominant and conventional texts. This is a timely and important publication that deserves to feature prominently in the ongoing study of anorexia nervosa' - Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: Early Ideas about Self-Starvation and Anorexia Nervosa
- Chapter 1: From Religion to Madness: Religious and Medical Interpretations of Self-Starvation
- Chapter 2: The Late Nineteenth Century Medical Discovery of Anorexia Nervosa
- Chapter 3: Early Social, Cultural and Feminist Theories of Anorexia Nervosa
- Chapter 4: Constructions of Gender and Identity in Anorexia Nervosa
- Chapter 5: The Multiplicity and Diversity of Causes of Anorexia Nervosa
- Chapter 6: Clinical Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa
Part III: Postmodernism, the Body and Therapy: Implications for Practice
Inquiries in Social Construction[Page ii]
Kenneth J. Gergen and John Shotter
Inquiries in Social Construction is designed to facilitate across disciplinary and national boundaries, a revolutionary dialogue within the social sciences and humanities. Central to this dialogue is the idea that all presumptions of the real and the good are constructed within relations among people. This dialogue gives voice to a new range of topics, including the social construction of the person, rhetoric and narrative in the construction of reality, the role of power in making meanings, postmodernist culture and thought, discursive practices, the social constitution of the mental, dialogic process, reflexivity in theory and method, and many more. The series explores the problems and prospects generated by this new relational consciousness, and its implications for science and social life.
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In writing the acknowledgements I finally get to thank everyone who has given me so much support from the beginning of my research and writing. I thank especially Christine Griffin who has inspired and supported me throughout, and to whom I owe so much personally and intellectually. I thank the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, for providing me with such an enjoyable and challenging academic environment in which I developed the ideas that underpin this book. I am grateful to the librarians at the University of Birmingham, and particularly the archivists for their assistance with retrieving historical medical documents from the Medical School Library and the British Museum.
I thank Ziyad Marar, who commissioned the book, Naomi Meredith and Lucy Robinson at Sage for their editorial advice. In particular I gratefully acknowledge the support and intellectual contribution of Kenneth J. Gergen in the development of the book. More recently, thanks to Sue Widdicombe for comments.
Numerous friends, family members and colleagues provided me with continuous support and enthusiasm for the research and writing of the book. I thank all of you for that. I am especially grateful to Gary J. Krug, my partner, for many discussions, for his intellectual contributions, and the space to write when there was always so much else to do. I also thank Peter Hepworth, my grandmother, Alice, and Madeleine Murtagh for their support. Special thanks to Lawrence and Naomi who provide me with inspiration always, and have supported my writing this book in any way they could.
I am grateful to the United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council who provided funding support during the initial stages of the research. More importantly, I thank Anthony Worsley and acknowledge the institutional support of the University of Adelaide while writing the manuscript. Thanks to Anthea Page for assisting with the initial manuscript layout.
I would also like to thank the interview participants, the health care workers, who despite having many clinical demands on their time also found the time to talk at length with me.
Chapter 2 has been published previously as ‘The discovery of anorexia nervosa: discourses of the late 19th century’, in Text, 10 (4), pp. 321–38 (1990). I gratefully acknowledge Christine Griffin, who co-authored this paper with me, for allowing the use of this work in the book. The work is printed with permission of Mouton de Gruyter, a Division of Walter de Gruyter GmH & Co.
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