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An ethnography of disordered eating in urban Canada

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dc.contributor.advisor Ferzacca, Steven
dc.contributor.author Tanner, Janis
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-13T19:30:28Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-13T19:30:28Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/362
dc.description vi, 182 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the problem of disordered eating based on ethnographic fieldwork in emergency shelters, soup kitchens, and eating disorder support groups, as well as interviews with medical professionals, and other residents of a Canadian city. This person-centered ethnography that explores the eating behaviors of not only those who have been diagnosed with 'eating disorders', but also those who are unable at times to provide themselves with food reveals that in spite of a prevailing discourse that determines eating as an independent act, food choices and eating patterns are dependent social 'works of the imagination' affected and shaped by social determinants and cultural norms. From eating disorders to type 2 diabetes and 'food as gift,' the lived experience of individuals indexes the ways in which food, power, and identity are enmeshed and embedded within culture. This critical perspective argues that disordered eating is socially and culturally produced and reproduced. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Eating disorders -- Canada -- Cross-cultural studies en
dc.subject Eating disorders -- Social aspects -- Canada en
dc.title An ethnography of disordered eating in urban Canada en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en
dc.publisher.department Department of Anthropology en

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