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Beyond Anorexia

Beyond Anorexia
Narrative, Spirituality and Recovery

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  • Date Published: October 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629836

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About the Authors
  • Beyond Anorexia is a sociological exploration of how people recover from what medicine labels as "eating disorders," and the first book to focus exclusively on recovery. Beginning with her own personal story, and drawing on conversations with over thirty other former sufferers, Catherine Garrett demonstrates the fundamental importance of narrative to social theory and to healing. Her central claim is that recovery is a "spiritual" experience (not necessarily a religious one), reconnecting the self with body, nature and society. As such it is the key to fully understanding anorexia.

    • First book entirely devoted to recovery, as opposed to experience of anorexia itself
    • Offers an alternative to medicalized perspective of most books on anorexia
    • Writes about academic knowledge and ideas of spirituality in combination, without diminishing either
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Catherine Garrett has made a bold new departure in the approach to anorexia, strikingly original in its interweaving of psychological insight, narrative skill and theoretical depth. Beyond Anorexia is genuinely inspiring, because by displacing the center of the problem from the clinical to the spiritual, and from illness to recovery, it gives hope as well as instruction." Joel Kovel, Alger Hiss Professor of Social Science, Bard College, New York

    "In this unconventional look at eating disorders, Garrett addresses the existential and spiritual questions surrounding anorexia nervosa." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629836
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.425kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Personal Sociology:
    1. Descent and return
    2. Researching recovery
    3. Autobiography, narrative and healing
    Part II. Anorexia and Recovery:
    4. Reinterpreting 'anorexia'
    5. Reinterpreting 'recovery'
    6. Recovery stories
    Part III. Spirituality:
    7. Society and spirit
    8. Rituals of self-transformation
    9. Spiritual stories
    Part IV. The Body:
    10. Recreating the body
    11. The sexual body
    12. The knowing body

  • Author

    Catherine Garrett, University of Western Sydney Nepean

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