The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa

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Julie Hepworth
SAGE, Jun 22, 1999 - Psychology - 146 pages
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`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

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Contents

Early Ideas About Selfstarvation and Anorexia Nervosa
13
The Late Nineteenth Century Medical Discovery
26
Early Social Cultural and Feminist Theories
45
Health Care Workers Constructions of Anorexia Nervosa
66
The Multiplicity and Diversity of Causes of Anorexia Nervosa
81
Clinical Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa
90
Implications
99
Self Psychology and Participation in the Public Domain
121
References
131
Index
137
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About the author (1999)

Dr Julie Hepworth is Lecturer in the Department of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, Australia.