By Professor Megan Warin
Unraveling anorexia's complicated relationships and contradictions, Warin offers a brand new theoretical viewpoint rooted in a socio-cultural context of our bodies and gender. Abject Relations departs from traditional psychotherapy techniques and gives a distinct "logic," person who consists of the moving forces of energy, disgust, and hope and gives new methods of considering that can have implications for destiny therapy regimes.
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They left the display together, exchanging phone numbers, anorexia acting as a connecting point for a friendship. This self-selection process (most often mediated by clinicians) meant that access to people was refracted through an institutional lens. The actual naming of a condition through diagnosis meant that all the forty-seven participants had some level of engagement with a treatment service and had a common diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. By entering the ﬁeld via a diagnostic system, I immediately waived access to those who did not seek any form of treatment at all (the existence of such a group is assumed though its size and complexion is unknown).
Part of this discussion enters into the debates concerning doing ﬁeldwork at home, in places that are familiar to the ethnographer. The privileging of geographical space, of home as comfortable, near, and familiar, is in itself a construct that I question. One does not need to be spatially distant to experience strangeness, and strangeness and familiarity can operate simultaneously. It was, for example, through my own profound transformation when I was in the ﬁeld—pregnancy—that the seemingly disparate experiences of strangeness and distance were collapsed.
However to ignore the encounter not only denies the power of such factors as personality, social location in the community, intimacy of contact, and luck (not to mention theoretical orientation and self conscious methodology) to shape ﬁeldwork and its product but also perpetuates the conventional ﬁctions of objectivity and omniscience that mark the ethnographic genre” (, ). I deliberately chose multiple ﬁeldwork sites for a number of reasons. First, unlike the traditional anthropological ﬁeld site or community, there is no single geographical location where people with anorexia live or congregate for extended periods of time, other than when they are inpatients.
Abject Relations: Everyday Worlds of Anorexia by Professor Megan Warin