Starving for Salvation
The Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems Among American Girls and Women
By (author) Michelle Mary Lelwica
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Starving for Salvation by Michelle Mary Lelwica
Book DescriptionPresently, 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 theoritical 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195127430
(242mm x 161mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michelle Mary Lelwica
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This work argues that women starve, binge, and purge their bodies as a means of coping with the pain of their daily lives. It provides an analysis of contemporary US culture, arguing that the dominant social values and religious legacies produce feelings of dissatisfaction in girls and women.
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Author Biography - Michelle Mary Lelwica
Michelle M. Lelwica grew up in rural Minnesota and earned her Doctorate of Theology at Harvard Divinity School. She is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of California.
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