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Feminist perspectives on eating disordersby Patricia Fallon
Synopses & Reviews
This important new work uses the feminist perspective to illuminate and explore the relationship between the anguish of those who suffer from eating disorders and the problems of ordinary women. The book reviews the history of fashion, appearance norms for women, and body image problems, and provides a sociocultural context for studying recurrent symptoms of the disorder. Chapters offer illuminating discussion on such controversial topics as sexual abuse and its relevance to eating disorders, the mother?daughter relationship, the use of medications, hospitalization, and 12?step programs, and the potentially different contributions of male and female therapists in treating this population. Aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, social works, and other mental health professionals working with patients suffering from eating disorders, this book also serves as a valuable text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in women's studies courses.
Book News Annotation:
A collection of 22 articles that synthesizes the considerable feminist thought on eating disorders over the past few years. They consider the history of eating disorders and the therapy for them, the contribution of women therapists, treatment issues, reconstructing the female text, and possible improvements in politics, advertising, education and research.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This important work illuminates the relationship between the anguish of eating disorder sufferers and the problems of ordinary women. It covers a wide variety of issues from ways in which gender may predispose women to eating disorders to the widespread cultural concerns these problems symbolize. Chapters all share three basic elements: The psychology of women is reflected in the concepts and methods described; there is an explicit commitment to political and social equality for women; and therapy is reevaluated based on an understanding of the needs of women patients and the potentially differing contributions of male and female therapists.
Examines the sociocultural pressure on women to conform to culturally ideal body types and how this affects individual self-concept.
About the Author
Patricia Fallon, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice and a clinical faculty member, University of Washington, Seattle. She serves on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention and speaks frequently at conferences on feminist theory and treatment of eating disorders. She is co-author of Bulimia: A Systems Approach to Treatment and author of articles in the areas of eating disorders, family therapy, and abuse.
Table of Contents
Introduction, S.C. Wooley, Fallon, and Katzman
I. A GENDERED DISORDER: LESSONS FROM HISTORY
1. Too "Close to the Bone": The Historical Context for Women's Obsession with Slenderness, Seid
2. ...And Man Created "Woman": Representations of Women's Bodies in Western Culture, O.W. Wooley
3. "I'll Die for the Revolution But Don't Ask Me Not to Diet": Feminism and the Continuing Stigmatization of Obesity, Rothblum
4. Faces of Female Discontent: Depression, Disordered Eating, and Changing Gender Roles, Perlick and Silverstein
5. Hunger, Wolf
II. A PLACE FOR THE FEMALE BODY
6. Four Generations of Women: Our Bodies and Lives, Brigman
7. When Reproductive and Productive Worlds Meet: Collision or Growth?, Katzman
8. Imagining Ourselves Whole: A Feminist Approach to Treating Body Image Disorders, Hutchinson
III. TREATMENT ISSUES: A FEMINIST REANALYSIS
9. Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: The Concealed Debate, S.C. Wooley
10. Alternatives in Obesity Treatment: Focusing on Health for Fat Women, Burgard and Lyons
11. A Collaborative Approach to the Use of Medication, Raymond, Mitchell, Fallon, and Katzman
12. Feminist Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders: An Oxymoron?, Sesan
13. Mothers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders: Honoring the Mother-Daughter Relationship, Rabinor
14. "Hi, I'm Jane: I'm a Compulsive Overeater," van Wormer
IV. RECONSTRUCTING THE FEMALE TEXT
15. Conflicts of Body and Image: Female Adolescents, Desire, and the No-Body Body, Tolman and Debold
16. The Female Therapist as Outlaw, S.C. Wooley
17. The Journey of Recovery: Dimensions of Change, Peters and Fallon
18. Food, Bodies, and Growing Up Female: Childhood Lessons about Culture, Race, and Class, Thompson
19. The Politics of Prevention, Steiner-Adair
20. Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness, Kilbourne
21. Toward a New Model for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, Shisslak and Crago
22. A Feminist Agenda for Psychological Research on Eating Disorders, Striegel-Moore.
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