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Author Lelwica, Michelle Mary.
Title Starving for salvation : the spiritual dimensions of eating problems among American girls and women / Michelle Mary Lelwica.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.

Author Lelwica, Michelle Mary.
Subject Eating disorders -- Patients -- Religious life.
Women -- Health and hygiene -- Religious aspects.
Feeding and Eating Disorders.
Women's Health.
Description 1 online resource (x, 210 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-200) and index.
Contents Bodies of evidence, bodies of knowledge : contemporary approaches, historical perspectives, new directions -- The good, the true, and the beautiful female body : popular icons of womanhood and the salvation myth of female slenderness -- Losing their way to salvation : popular rituals of womanhood and the saving promises of culture lite -- Universes of meaning, worlds of pain : the struggles of anorexic and bulimic girls and women -- A different kind of salvation : cultivating alternative senses, practices, and visions.
Note Print version record.
Summary Presently, doctors and psychiatrists are professing their inability to develop theoretical approaches that lead to effective clinical methods to help women suffering from eating disorders. Michelle Lelwica puts forward a hypothesis that has both theoretical and clinical implications. She identifies eating disorders as a specifically religious problem and contends that it can be addressed with religious resources. She argues that the remnants of religious legacies that have historically effaced the diversity and complexity of women's spiritual yearnings and struggles are alive and well under the guise of a host of "secular" practices, pictures and promises. Until these legacies are recognized, contested, and changed, she predicts, many girls and women will continue to turn to the symbolic and ritual resources most readily available to them - food and their bodies - in a passionate but precarious quest for freedom and fulfilment.
ISBN 142376031X (electronic bk.)
9781423760313 (electronic bk.)
9780195127430 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0195127439 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0195127439 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
OCLC # 65180582
Additional Format Print version: Lelwica, Michelle Mary. Starving for salvation. New York : Oxford University Press, 1999 0195127439 (DLC) 98050120 (OCoLC)40398065.

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