`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

Health Care Workers' Constructions of Anorexia Nervosa
Health care workers' constructions of anorexia nervosa

Introduction to the Interviews with Health Care Workers

Throughout Part I, I have discussed religious, medical, early social and feminist explanations of self-starvation and anorexia nervosa. For centuries, as this discussion shows, women have been associated with the denial of food, and anorexia nervosa continues to be considered in psychiatric texts as a predominantly female mental illness. Moreover, the discovery of anorexia nervosa within the late nineteenth century was made possible by drawing on a specific discourse of femininity and range of related discourses that were necessary to its construction (Hepworth and Griffin, 1990). In the following chapters I examine the construction of anorexia nervosa in interviews with different health care workers. First, ...

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