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.Read more
- 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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- 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
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