From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls: The History of Self-Starvation

From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls The History of Self Starvation With waiflike models dominating the advertising world and a new wave of feminists waging war on social pressure to be thin eating disorders have it seems attained the status of a modern crisis Alth

  • Title: From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls: The History of Self-Starvation
  • Author: Walter Vandereycken
  • ISBN: 9780814787847
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • With waiflike models dominating the advertising world and a new wave of feminists waging war on social pressure to be thin, eating disorders have, it seems, attained the status of a modern crisis Although anorexia nervosa was not identified as such until the nineteenth century, the compulsion to be thin at the price of starvation has a long history in western society LonWith waiflike models dominating the advertising world and a new wave of feminists waging war on social pressure to be thin, eating disorders have, it seems, attained the status of a modern crisis Although anorexia nervosa was not identified as such until the nineteenth century, the compulsion to be thin at the price of starvation has a long history in western society Long before talk shows took over the air waves and Cosmopolitan hit the stands, obsession with body and fasting rituals plagued girls and women But is anorexia as we know it today new In an engaging and thorough account of the history of self starvation in the western world, Walter Vandereycken and Ron Van Deth explore this question Drawing on a myriad of intriguing examples, the authors show how self inflicted starvation has changed its tone over the centuries and is inextricably enmeshed in socio cultural contexts Consider how drastically the meaning of fasting has mutated in the Christian western world that in the twelfth century when divine miracles were accepted realities, an emaciated girl would have been seen as holy and touched by God That same girl would have been considered possessed and cursed by Satan in the sixteenth century when popular belief in witches was on the rise From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls traces the history of starvation from its religious roots, bound up in rigid asceticism, to its economic ties, in the form of living skeletons like shadow Harry who toured freak shows displaying his protruding ribs for money, to the Victorian era, where modern sexual and gender stereotypes find their origin The book is a result of exhaustive research, covering Europe and the United States andspanning the early centuries of Christianity to the present day From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls will interest readers in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, women s studies, religious and social history, and cultural studies.

    One thought on “From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls: The History of Self-Starvation”

    1. Extremely well researched and with a complete reference list it is a perfect starting place for researchers and enthusiasts alike. Very well written and pleasant to read.

    2. I am currently rereading this book but I really think I read this back in grad school bc it seems very familiar

    3. sehr interessant nicht nur ├╝ber einzelschicksale zu lesen, sondern sich der historischen entwicklung von esst├Ârungen anzuschauen. angenehmer schreibstil und trotzdem fachlich kompetent.

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