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Anorexia Nervosa, Postmodern Readings of the Body and Narrative Therapy
Anorexia nervosa, postmodern readings of the body and narrative therapy

The human body was entering a machinery of power that explores it, breaks it down, and rearranges it. A ‘political anatomy’, which was also a ‘mechanics of power’, was being born; it defined how one may have a hold over others' bodies, not only so that they may do what one wishes, but so that they may operate as one wishes, with the techniques, the speed and the efficiency that one determines. Thus discipline produces subjected and practised bodies, ‘docile’ bodies.

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1979: 138)

During the early 1980s a more intensive examination of the body, theory and social practices emerged. The body was no longer ...

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