`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

Self, Psychology and Participation in the Public Domain

Self, psychology and participation in the public domain

Deconstructive Criticism and Anorexia Nervosa

To summarize, during Part I, I examined the various discourses that have defined and explained self-starvation and anorexia nervosa since around the thirteenth century. I have argued that different ways of thinking about anorexia nervosa and clinical practices develop because knowledge is socially constructed. For anorexia nervosa this means that social practices within certain historical periods give rise to and reproduce particular discourses, or ways of thinking, that make it possible for particular explanations to develop. I have drawn on Foucault's genealogical and archaeological methods of analysis to describe and examine the discourses that construct the category of anorexia nervosa and the effects of this in ...

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