By Professor Megan Warin
Unraveling anorexia's complicated relationships and contradictions, Warin offers a brand new theoretical standpoint 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 includes the moving forces of strength, disgust, and hope and gives new methods of considering which may have implications for destiny therapy regimes.
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Certainly this ethnographic mobility is less novel today, as transnational cultural processes (such as migration and the global ﬂows of communication and goods) are central to many anthropological investigations (see also Coleman and Collins ; Hannerz ; Foley ; and Rouse ). For me, the transnational process was anorexia—the intimate, everyday experiences of those with such a diagnosis, and the salience and circulation of this medical category in a global context. In recognizing the ﬁeldwork experience as a process, Clifford () proposes a crosscutting metaphor—ﬁeldwork as travel encounters.
Like participants, I was also continually crossing, articulating, constructing, and playing down my identity according to circumstances. I was constantly aware of the required renegotiation of my position, a reﬂexive process that Tsing captures in her descriptions of “walking ﬁeldwork” on the Meratus Mountains of South Kalimantan: “In the process of moving around, I acquired various names, dialects, kinship statuses, and friendships. Certainly this kept me juggling competing deﬁnitions of appropriate behavior.
Staff comprised one full-time worker who acted as counselor, physiotherapist, and dietetics manager, and two part-time occupational therapists. The six inpatient beds for those with eating disorders were in the ward with those of women about to give birth, or who had just given birth. Unfortunately, with government funding cuts and amalgamation of obstetric and maternity services, the birthing facility was devolved prior to my ﬁeldwork. The third site, the Eating Disorder Association (EDA), was a small volunteer-run organization established in and housed on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of a heritage building in Adelaide’s central business district.