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"Abject Relations" presents an alternative approach to anorexia, long considered the epitome of a Western obsession with individualism, beauty, self-control, and autonomy. Through detailed ethnographic investigations, Megan Warin looks at the heart of what it means to live with anorexia on a daily basis. Participants describe difficulties with social relatedness, not being ...more
Unknown Binding, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Rutgers University Press
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Amanda
May 12, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warin, an anthropologist, takes an entirely new approach to anorexia, looking it from a purely cultural and anthropological perspective. She spends a couple of years interviewing women with anorexia at various points in the life of the illness from early treatment to recovery to relapse. In this way she analyzes not just the culture of women and men suffering from anorexia but also how anorexia is a response to the culture these people find themselves in.

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Oct 16, 2015 Abbey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the growing emphasis on quantitative research as the only avenue for generating legitimate and useful information on eating disorders, Warin's ethnographic approach is a breath of fresh air. Her prioritization of the stories and perspectives of those affected creates a strong theory, with the force of loved experience behind it.
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