By Helen Malson

The skinny Woman offers an in-depth dialogue of anorexia nervosa from a feminist social mental perspective. medication, psychiatry and psychology have all provided us with specific methods of realizing consuming issues, but the concept of 'anorexia' as a clinical situation limits our realizing of anorexia and the level to which we will be able to discover it as a socially, discursively produced problem.
Based on unique examine utilizing ancient and modern literature on anorexia nervosa, and a sequence of interviews with ladies clinically determined as anorexic, The skinny Woman bargains new insights into the matter. it's going to turn out invaluable either to these with an curiosity in consuming problems and gender, and to these drawn to the recent advancements in feminist post-structuralist conception and discourse analytic examine in psychology.

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Hence, language can be understood both as an established system that pre-exists the individual and as an historically evolving system that changes because of its continual use:17 In a certain sense…we can speak of both the immutability and the mutability of the sign…the sign is exposed to alteration because it perpetuates itself. What predominates in all change is the persistence of the old substance; disregard for the past is only relative. That is why the principle of change is based on the principle of continuity.

Hence, structuralist conceptions of language or the Symbolic order as universal totalities might be better reformulated in terms of a post-structuralist Foucauldian theory of discourses and discursive practices. 18 For Foucault (1972) language is not a unitary, trans-historical totality but rather consists of a variety of different historically specific discourses; for example, economic, medical, psychiatric and psychological discourses. Foucault defines these discourses as regulated systems of statements.

It is therefore a misidentification in which: This jubilant assumption of his specular image by the child…would seem to exhibit in an exemplary situation the symbolic matrix in which the I is precipitated in a primordial form, before it is objectified in the dialectic of the identification with the other, and before language restores to it, in the universal, its function as subject…this form situates the agency of the ego before its social determination, in a fictional direction. (Lacan, 1949:2) This ‘specular I’ thus prefigures the infant’s alienating destination in the ‘social I’ (Lacan, 1949).

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