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Eating Disorders and Cultures in Transition

ISBN 9780415228602
Published June 28, 2002 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Eating disorders: do they mark cultural transition?

Eating disorders that were once viewed as exclusive to specific class and ethnic boundaries in western culture are now spreading worldwide. This issue is fully discussed in this groundbreaking volume.

Eating Disorders and Cultures in Transition is written by an international group of authors to address the recent emergence of eating disorders in various areas of the world including countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. It offers an in-depth analysis of the existing socio-cultural model arguing for the need to extend both our theoretical understanding and clinical work to account properly for this global phenomenon. Eating disorders are seen as reflecting sweeping changes in the social and political status of women in the majority of societies that are now undergoing rapid cultural transition.

This multidisciplinary, multinational volume reflects wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating and frequently provocative viewpoints. It promises to be of great interest to medical and mental health professionals, public policy experts and all those watching for the processes of cultural transformation and their impact on mental health.

Table of Contents

Gordon, Eating Disorders East and West: A Culture-bound Syndrome Unbound. Commentators: Palmer, Van Esterik. Szabo, Le Grange, Eating Disorders and the Politics of Identity. Commentators: Swartz, Skårderud. Lee, Fat Phobia in Anorexia Nervosa - Whose Obsession Is It? Commentators: Littlewood, Fabrega, Jnr. Bulik, Eating Disorders: Integrating Nature and Nurture Through the Study of Twins. Commentators: Park, Gorwood. Rathner, Post-communism and the Marketing of the Thin Ideal. Commentators: Gotbaum. Bisaga. Cantina, Emerging Markets..Submerging Women. Commentators: Eisler, King Vance. Roggiero, One Country: Two Cultures. Commentators: Neumärker, Bauer. Meehan, Katzman, Argentina: The Social Body at Risk. Commentators: Piran, Gunew. Nasser, Di Nicola, Changing Bodies, Changing Cultures: An Intercultural Dialogue on the Body as the Final Frontier. Commentators: MacLeod, Mumford.

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'This book offers an appreciation of the complexity of the forces that shape human behaviour, and influence the constructs we hold regarding health and pathology.' - Sunita Stewart, PhD, Director of Cross-Cultural Research, Bob Smith MD Centre for Research in Pediatric Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Centre at Dallas, USA

'This book is a milestone as it is the first to open a dialectical debate.' - Professor Janet Treasure, Guys Kings and Thomas Medical School, UK

'Moves beyond the safe harbour of cataloguing scientific evidence from the perspective of only one discipline and invites the reader to imagine new paradigms and research methods.' - Ruth Striegel-Moore, Professor of Psychology, Weslyn University, USA