`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

Constructions of Gender and Identity in Anorexia Nervosa

Constructions of gender and identity in anorexia nervosa

Late nineteenth century medical theories about the aetiology of anorexia nervosa heavily drew on the notion of hysteria, saturating the explanation of women, female psychology and particularly the development of women's identity. Given that the overwhelming majority of diagnoses of anorexia nervosa are of young women I was interested in the ways health care workers constructed gender and identity. I am not suggesting that the prevalence of anorexia nervosa in women does not constitute the overwhelming majority of cases, but that the construction of gender in anorexia nervosa raises key issues for the explanation of women. Two questions are of particular significance to understanding this area. First, how does the ...

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