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Beyond Anorexia

Beyond Anorexia
Narrative, Spirituality and Recovery


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

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  • Beyond Anorexia is a sociological exploration of how people recover from what medicine labels 'eating disorders', and the first book to focus exclusively on recovery. Beginning with her own autobiography, and drawing on conversations with over thirty other former sufferers, Catherine Garrett demonstrates that narrative is fundamental to social theory and to healing. Her central claim is that recovery is a 'spiritual' experience reconnecting the self with body, nature and society. She analyses spirituality and its relationship with formal religion along with its association with the ascetic rituals of eating disorders. Recovery is shown to be key to full understanding of anorexia, and the processes associated with recovery are explored in terms of embodied spirituality. Using the anthropological theories of Durkheim and van Gennep and contemporary theories of the body, Catherine Garrett reveals some of the social sources of recovery - the solution - which exist alongside the causes of the problem.

    • 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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    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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