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Cor Baerveldt & Paul Voestermans

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Chapter 9: The Body as a Selfing Device: The Case of Anorexia Nervosa

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The Body as a Selfing Device: The Case of Anorexia Nervosa
The body as a selfing device: The case of anorexia nervosa
CorBaerveldt and PaulVoestermans

Abstract. Psychology's conceptualization of anorexia nervosa illustrates how the discipline deals with the body. On the one hand, there is an emphasis on the body as a physiological apparatus. On the other hand, specific approaches such as social constructionism stress the non-physiological body as something to which certain discursive meanings get attached. We propose to view the body as a producer of meaning in its own right, as a ‘selfing device’. To this end we emphasize bodily communication as a continuous flow of co-regulated interaction. The body presents itself as the natural juncture of ‘co-regulative skills’. The ‘selfing process’ involves multiple stylized bodily ...

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