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The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa

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The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa

Julie Hepworth

Pub. date: 1999 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446217306 | Print ISBN: 9780761953098 | Online ISBN: 9781446217306 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Chapter 7: Anorexia Nervosa, Postmodern Readings of the Body and Narrative Therapy

Anorexia nervosa, postmodern readings of the body and narrative therapy The human body was entering a machinery of power that explores it, breaks it down, and rearranges it. A ‘political anatomy’, which was also a ‘mechanics of power’, was being born; it defined how one may have a hold over others' bodies, not only so that they may do what one wishes, but so that they may operate as one wishes, with the techniques, the speed and the efficiency that one determines. Thus discipline produces subjected and practised bodies, ‘docile’ bodies. During the early 1980s a more intensive examination of the body, theory and social practices emerged. The body was no longer seen as something that was simply influenced and shaped by external social events, rather it was the object of cultural inscription. The way in which bodies are displayed in social life, their contours sculptured, walk, mix together with ...

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