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Abject Relations presents an alternative approach to anorexia, long considered the epitome of a Western obsession with individualism, beauty, self-control, and autonomy. Through detailed ethnographic investigations, Megan Warin looks at the heart of what it means to live with anorexia on a daily basis. Participants describe difficulties with social relatedness, not being at home in their body, and feeling disgusting and worthless. For them, anorexia becomes a seductive and empowering practice that cleanses bodies of shame and guilt, becomes a friend and support, and allows them to forge new social relations.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. Steering a Course between Fields
  2. pp. 21-50
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  1. 3. Knowing through the Body
  2. pp. 51-69
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  1. 4. The Complexities of Being Anorexic
  2. pp. 70-98
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  1. 5. Abject Relations with Food
  2. pp. 99-127
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  1. 6. “Me and My Disgusting Body”
  2. pp. 128-151
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  1. 7. Be-coming Clean
  2. pp. 152-178
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  1. 8. Reimagining Anorexia
  2. pp. 179-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. References
  2. pp. 209-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-229
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813548210
Print ISBN
9780813546896
MARC Record
OCLC
781635125
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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