Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Emancipation Through Emaciation: The Pro-Ana Movement and the Creation and Control of the Feminine Subject
by Tully, Laura K., M.A., Prescott College, 2014, 86; 1594379
Abstract (Summary)

Eating disorders are now considered an epidemic among girls and women throughout the United States. This thesis suggests a study in which the acts and processes of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are positioned as a form of cultural labor undertaken by some Western women in order to embody the myth of the ideal female body. The researcher uses her own lived experience of anorexia and bulimia and her pursuit of embodying femininity in order to raise and guide the major questions concerning femininity and eating disorders in Western culture.

Keywords: eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, pro-ana, pro-mia, femininity, western culture, autoethnography

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hammer-Tomizuka, Zoe
Commitee: Clingan, Joan
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Womens studies, Labor economics, Public health
Keywords: Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Femininity, Pro-ana, Western culture
Publication Number: 1594379
ISBN: 978-1-321-91496-2
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