By Megan Warin

ISBN-10: 0813546893

ISBN-13: 9780813546896

Abject kinfolk offers an alternate method of anorexia, lengthy thought of the epitome of a Western obsession with individualism, good looks, self-discipline, and autonomy. via specified ethnographic investigations, Megan Warin appears to be like on the center of what it potential to stay with anorexia every day. contributors describe problems with social relatedness, no longer being at domestic of their physique, and feeling disgusting and valueless. For them, anorexia turns into a seductive and empowering perform that cleanses our bodies of disgrace and guilt, turns into a pal and help, and permits them to forge new social relations.

Unraveling anorexia's complicated relationships and contradictions, Warin presents a brand new theoretical standpoint rooted in a socio-cultural context of our bodies and gender. Abject kin departs from traditional psychotherapy techniques and provides a distinct "logic," person who includes the transferring forces of strength, disgust, and hope and offers new methods of pondering which may have implications for destiny remedy regimes.

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Others were more concerned to avoid inhaling the smells of food, fearful that the air was carrying calories. Critiquing and extending both Douglas’s structuralist typology and Kristeva’s concept of abjection, I argue that it was the amorphous nature of fats and calories, and their ability to seep into and infiltrate the body through the interplay of senses (sight, smell, taste, and touch) that rendered them abject. Fats were the worst food to come into contact with, and a range of measures were practiced to cast out, avoid, and cleanse the dirt and contamination associated with their abject qualities.

I kind of miss it if I go home on the weekend. We have quite a bit of fun ’cause sometimes we go out on picnics or meals and stuff. ” In addition to participating in group activities, I had many formal and informal conversations with the women (including taped open-ended interviews which I later transcribed). In the sprawling, four-story house, there were many corners to which residents took me: down the steep wooden steps to the basement, where the art and computer rooms nestled among the washing machines and boilers; to the wooden table under a large shade tree in the back garden; to sit on beds and floors in the hot upstairs bedrooms and on the porch, where the smokers congregated on old chairs.

The first, the Weight Disorder Unit of a major teaching hospital in the southern suburbs of Adelaide offered a number of in- and outpatient services for people with eating disorders. Inpatient treatment took place in a general psychiatric ward, where six of the twenty ward beds were allocated to the Weight Disorder Unit. The three inpatient programs offered were a two-week STEERING A COURSE BETWEEN FIELDS 29 assessment, a six-week bed program, and a target-weight program. Other services such as emergency admissions and intensive care facilities were also offered.

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