Narrative, Spirituality and Recovery
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 260 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 13 October 1998|
Beyond Anorexia is a sociological exploration of how people recover from what medicine labels 'eating disorders', and the first book to focus exclusively on recovery. Beginning with her own autobiography, and drawing on conversations with over thirty other former sufferers, Catherine Garrett demonstrates that narrative is fundamental to social theory and to healing. Her central claim is that recovery is a 'spiritual' experience reconnecting the self with body, nature and society. She analyses spirituality and its relationship with formal religion along with its association with the ascetic rituals of eating disorders. Recovery is shown to be key to full understanding of anorexia, and the processes associated with recovery are explored in terms of embodied spirituality. Using the anthropological theories of Durkheim and van Gennep and contemporary theories of the body, Catherine Garrett reveals some of the social sources of recovery - the solution - which exist alongside the causes of the problem.
Table of Contents
Part I. Personal Sociology: 1. Descent and return; 2. Researching recovery; 3. Autobiography, narrative and healing; Part II. Anorexia and Recovery: 4. Reinterpreting 'anorexia'; 5. Reinterpreting 'recovery'; 6. Recovery stories; Part III. Spirituality: 7. Society and spirit; 8. Rituals of self-transformation; 9. Spiritual stories; Part IV. The Body: 10. Recreating the body; 11. The sexual body; 12. The knowing body; Epilogue; Appendices.
"Catherine Garrett has made a bold new departure in the approach to anorexia, strikingly original in its interweaving of psychological insight, narrative skill and theoretical depth. Beyond Anorexia is genuinely inspiring, because by displacing the center of the problem from the clinical to the spiritual, and from illness to recovery, it gives hope as well as instruction." Joel Kovel, Alger Hiss Professor of Social Science, Bard College, New York "In this unconventional look at eating disorders, Garrett addresses the existential and spiritual questions surrounding anorexia nervosa." Choice
|Publisher: ||Cambridge University Press|
|Dimensions: ||22.86 x 15.32 x 1.78 centimeters (0.39 kg)|