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Beyond body image: the integration of feminist and transcultural theories in the understanding of self starvation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9356886     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The present study represents an intersection between cross-cultural theorizing and teminist scholarship. It is an attempt to provoke as well as augment prevailing biomedical models that esteem fear of fatness as the primary motivation for voluntary starvation in anorexic women. METHOD: Recent studies of eating disturbance in both Eastern and Western societies are invoked to demonstrate the ways in which women straddling two worlds, be it generational, work-family, cultural or traditional and modern, may employ food denial as an instrumental means of negotiating the transition, disconnection, and oppression that they uniformly endure. RESULTS: A feminist/transcultural interpretation of the literature suggests that by construing anorexia nervosa as a body image disorder or Western culture-bound syndrome, extant models miss the broader contexts and varied meanings of food refusal. DISCUSSION: The implications of cross-disciplinary perspectives for theory building and treatment are discussed, acknowledging not only the gendered nature of eating disorders but their embodiment of power differentials as well.
M A Katzman; S Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0276-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-02     Completed Date:  1997-12-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  385-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia Nervosa / psychology*,  therapy
Body Image*
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Patient Care Team
Social Values
Starvation / psychology*

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