Ferreday, D. (2003) Unspeakable Bodies: Erasure, Embodiment and the Pro-ana Community. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 6 (3). pp. 277-295. ISSN 1460-356XFull text not available from this repository.
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.
|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|
|Deposited On:||13 Mar 2008 14:30|
|Last Modified:||04 Jan 2017 00:03|
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