Hunger Strike: The Anorectic's Struggle as a Metaphor for Our Age

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Karnac Books, 2005 - Anorexia nervosa - 224 pages
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In this classic text, originally published in 1986, Susie Orbach brilliantly examines the anorectic's struggle. She sees women's eating problems as symbolizing the battle for autonomy, in which every woman is engaged, by identifying the first and most important arena of contention: a woman's body. It is, at one level, a cry of protest, a hunger strike against the contradictory and intolerable demands women continue to face in contemporary society.
  

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Hunger strike: the anorectic's struggle as a metaphor for our age

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The author of Fat Is a Feminist Issue here shares her understanding of anorexia nervosa as a symbol and leitmotif of modern cultural forces. She presents the anorectic as everywoman, evoking the large ... Read full review

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Contents

Metaphor for our Time
3
Starving Amidst Plenty
31
The Breeding of Body Insecurity
51
Hunger Strike
78
PART II
96
From Poison to Palatable
114
Behind the Defence
141
Medical Issues
161
Bibliography
175
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Meanings of Life
Roy F. Baumeister
Limited preview - 1991
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About the author (2005)

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist and writer. She co-founded the Women's Therapy Centre and Antidote, the organisation promoting emotional literacy and is a visiting Professor at the LSE.

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