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Voices of anorexia: A study of voice, communication, and the body


1999 1999

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of the study is to hear and record what women, who have recovered from anorexia, have to say about their experiences of self-starvation. The study bears witness to these lives and examines the interpretations that have guided the women's intentions, actions, and purposes. There are in-depth case studies of four women—Nell, Rose, Grace, and Marie. Each narrative gives an account of the particular phenomenological meanings embodied by the action of self-starvation and analyzes how each woman used this practice as a form of communication. The principle of collaboration has shaped the process of interviewing and the way the narratives have been constructed to give voice and authorship to the participants. The deconstruction of food and body as symbols gives access to the psychological and social experience of the participants. Violence and/or alcoholism played a role in the family backgrounds of all four women.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Communication;
Womens studies;
Psychotherapy
Classification
0459: Communication
0453: Womens studies
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Psychology; Anorexia; Body; Communication; Voice
Title
Voices of anorexia: A study of voice, communication, and the body
Author
Olson, Mary Ellen
Number of pages
196
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599329072, 0599329076
Advisor
Freeman, Sally A.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9932334
ProQuest document ID
304515045
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304515045
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