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Storying “Recovery”: Exploring the Narratives of Young Women in Eating Disorder Recovery

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Title: Storying “Recovery”: Exploring the Narratives of Young Women in Eating Disorder Recovery
Author: LaMarre, Andrea
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Rice, Carla
Abstract: This thesis is a qualitative, arts-based exploration of the narratives of young women in eating disorder recovery. Using a new materialist/body becoming theoretical lens, I aimed to determine how young women navigating the ambiguous construct of “recovery” story their experiences, whether these experiences reinforced or challenged dominant discourses around eating disorders, and how social location informed the telling of their stories. I conducted narrative interviews with 10 young women (20-31) from Southern Ontario; three participants also participated in a digital storytelling workshop. Participants articulated a relational “biopedagogy of recovery,” a new set of instructions for body management to which individuals “recovered from” eating disorders are held. The digital storytelling workshop provided a “community of inquiry,” crystallizing themes. Biomedical discourses around eating disorders and recovery may be helpful to a certain point at which they may begin to constrain the possibilities of knowing oneself as recovered.
Date: 2014-06
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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