Making sense of eating disorders in schools

Rich, Emma and Evans, John (2005) Making sense of eating disorders in schools. Discourse, Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 26 2: 247-262. doi:10.1080/01596300500143211

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Author Rich, Emma
Evans, John
Title Making sense of eating disorders in schools
Journal name Discourse, Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-3739
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596300500143211
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 247
End page 262
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract Over the last two decades we have witnessed an emerging set of conditions in schools which render them contexts replete with social messages about the body, health, and self. Research has suggested that both the formal and informal contexts of education are heavily imbued with a “culture of healthism” which places moral obligation and blame on individuals for their health/problem. In this paper we explore the ways in which young women with eating disorders constructed their identities within and against the various “health” discourses now found within schools. Data is presented from life history interviews with young women who have been diagnosed with anorexia and/or bulimia who were resident at a leading centre for the treatment of eating disorders in the UK. The experiences of the young women in the study point towards the ways in which schools, despite their best intentions, are implicated in constructing contexts which are inimical to the well-being of young women who have been diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia and perhaps others who are making sense of their bodies, health, and selves in these cultures.
Keyword Anorexia nervosa
Bulimia nervosa
Eating disorders
Schools - U.K.
Women - Health
Q-Index Code C1

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