`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

Early Social, Cultural and Feminist Theories of Anorexia Nervosa

Early social, cultural and feminist theories of anorexia nervosa

During the resurgence of interest in anorexia nervosa in the 1970s a new group of authors also wrote about the condition. The experts who wrote about anorexia nervosa had become a significantly more diverse group, and the overwhelming prevalence in young women was a key concern. Scientific medical literature continued to dominate the explanation and treatment of anorexia nervosa through psychiatric practice, but social theorists, psychologists and feminist writers, began to introduce several different theories about the aetiology of anorexia nervosa. Since the turn of the twentieth century anorexia nervosa has been defined as a phenomenon that included a residual psychopathological aetiology. Of these new writings, feminist theories ...

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