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Haunted Bodies:Visual Cultures of Anorexia

Ferreday, Debra (2011) Haunted Bodies:Visual Cultures of Anorexia. Borderlands E-Journal: New Spaces in the Humanities, 10 (2). ISSN 1447-0810

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    Abstract

    Thin bodies have been the centre of much controversy in recent years. Feminist critiques of popular culture, as well as popular feminist movements, have called attention to the ways in which oppressive ideals of feminine beauty have increasingly become associated with an idealisation of extreme thinness. In particular, the extent to which the prevalence of eating disorders can be linked to media representations of very thin (‘size zero’) models and celebrities has been the subject of much discussion. This article explores the relationship between bodies, images and cultural representations of thinness across a range of media sites including political campaigns, commercial television, celebrity magazines, catwalk and high street fashion, and digital cultures, exploring how anorexic and size-zero bodies are gendered, racialised and pathologised in contemporary media cultures.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Borderlands E-Journal: New Spaces in the Humanities
    Uncontrolled Keywords: anorexia ; size zero ; media ; celebrity ; beauty ; pro-ana ; visual cultures ; feminist theory
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 55275
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 20 Jun 2012 15:17
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 09:05
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55275

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