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On Anorexia Nervosa and the Embodied Being-Toward-Death
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. (Cultural Matters Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7970-4753
2019 (English)In: Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life / [ed] Tora Holmberg; Annika Jonsson; Fredrik Palm, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 107-127Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyzes recovery stories about anorexia nervosa through re-analyses of narratives from published scientific articles—these articles are using qualitative interviews as their method, and all are written by scholars in health science disciplines such as caring science and clinical psychology. Theoretically, this chapter draws on Heidegger’s existentialist concept of death combined with Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of embodied perception. The recovery stories highlight notions of life and death for the disorder itself, not just the individual suffering from it, as anorexia nervosa is described as having a life of its own that places the sufferer’s self under siege. Overcoming the disorder is thus not only important to the individual’s survival, but is also framed as an existential prerequisite for the re-birth of a “true self.”

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Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 107-127
Keywords [en]
Anorexia nervosa, Eating disorders, Death, Recovery stories, Being-toward-death, Embodied perception, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Cultural Studies
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Food, Nutrition and Dietetics; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381474DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11485-5_6ISBN: 978-3-030-11484-8 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-11485-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-381474DiVA, id: diva2:1303588
Available from: 2019-04-10 Created: 2019-04-10 Last updated: 2019-04-26

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