Cult of Thinness

ISBN-10: 0195178785
ISBN-13: 9780195178784
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Whether they are rich or poor, tall or short, liberal or conservative, most young American women have one thing in common--they want to be thin. And they are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get that way, even to the point of starving themselves. Why are America's women so preoccupied with weight? What has caused record numbers of young women--even before they reach their teenage years--to suffer from anorexia and bulimia? The Cult of Thinness, Second Edition--a revised, expanded, and coauthored version of Sharlene Hesse-Biber's award-winning book, Am I Thin Enough Yet? (OUP, 1997)--answers these questions and more. Hesse-Biber and Patricia Leavy go beyond traditional psychological explanations of eating disorders to level a powerful indictment against the social, political, and economic pressures women face in a weight-obsessed society. Featuring updated statistics and studies, The Cult of Thinness, Second Edition, has been extensively revised to include emergent theoretical perspectives in areas of study including body image, eating disorders, the mass media, and commercial culture. New chapters on masculinity, ethnicity, gender, and globalization align a refined cultural study of body image with the larger trends found in current sociological scholarship. Covering such topics as lesbians and body image construction, female athletes and the unique body image issues they balance, and the cult of celebrity, this new edition examines the multitude of societal and psychological forces that compel American women to pursue the ideal of thinness at any cost.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Cult Grows in America
Men and Women: Mind and Body
Selling the Body Beautiful: Food, Dieting, and Recovery
There's No Business Like the Body Business: Fitness and Cosmetic Surgery
Becoming a Certain Body
Joining the Cult of Thinness
How Young Women Experience Being a Body in Their Families, Peer Groups, and School Environments
New Recruits for the Cult of Thinness: Preteen Girls, Adolescents, Straight Men, Gays, Lesbians, and Ethnic Women
Breaking Free from the Cult of Thinness
Index

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