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Unspeakable Bodies: Erasure, Embodiment and the Pro-ana Community.

Ferreday, D. (2003) Unspeakable Bodies: Erasure, Embodiment and the Pro-ana Community. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 6 (3). pp. 277-295.

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Abstract

In this article, I explore the extent to which the `virtual community' has been imagined as coming into being through acts of erasure that create unmarked citizens. In contrast, `pro-ana' websites that celebrate eating disorders aim to create a community in which a sense of collectivity is constituted precisely through the body, specifically the anorexic body. By encouraging members to speak out, these communities aim to subvert the economy of difference through which the anorexic body is always positioned as `other', as the body that `has' difference. I argue that the public outcry surrounding pro-ana communities represents an appeal to censorship as a means by which, as Kristeva argues, outsiders might be `ejected beyond the scope of the possible, the tolerable, the thinkable' in order to reinstate the notion of consensus through the suppression of some forms of difference.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Cultural Studies
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: anorexia ; belonging ; censorship ; eating disorders ; internet ; virtual
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 3529
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 14:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 16:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3529

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