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The Cult of Thinness

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780195178784
Author(s): Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 144 x 197 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 271

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Whether they are rich or poor, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist, thriving or stagnant, most American women have one thing in common—they want to be thin—or thinner. 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? Is there more to this preoccupation than weight alone? What has caused record numbers of young women—even before they reach their teenage years—to suffer from weight obsession, poor body image, and disordered eating? Why are some young women able to resist cultural pressures to be thin when others are not? Are there factors within American society that have fueled current outbreaks of anorexia and bulimia? The Cult of Thinness, Second Edition—a revised and expanded version of Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber's award-winning book, Am I Thin Enough Yet? (OUP, 1996)—answers these questions and more.
Hesse-Biber goes 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—a society that is, ironically, becoming increasingly more fat while worshipping a progressively more thin ideal. She examines the profit motives of corporate America that promote this paradox. Moreover, a new chapter on preteens, masculinity Please click here to ask a question
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