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Starving for salvation : the spiritual dimensions of eating problems among American girls and women

Author: Michelle Mary Lelwica
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Starving for Salvation, Michelle Lelwica challenges traditional theories by introducing and exploring the spiritual dimensions of anorexia, bulimia, and related problems. Drawing on a range of sources that include previously published interviews with sufferers of eating disorders. Lelwica claims that girls and women starve, binge, and purge their bodies as a means of coping with the pain and injustice of their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Mary Lelwica
ISBN: 0195127439 9780195127430
OCLC Number: 40398065
Description: x, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Bodies of evidence, bodies of knowledge : contemporary approaches, historical perspectives, new directions --
The good, the true, and the beautiful female body : popular icons of womanhood and the salvation myth of female slenderness --
Losing their way to salvation : popular rituals of womanhood and the saving promises of culture lite --
Universes of meaning, worlds of pain : the struggles of anorexic and bulimic girls and women --
A different kind of salvation : cultivating alternative senses, practices, and visions.
Responsibility: Michelle Mary Lelwica.
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Lelwica puts forward a hypothesis about eating disorders that has both theoretical and clinical implications, identifying them as specifically religious problems symbolizing a yearning for spiritual  Read more...

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