Femininity, mental weakness and difference : male students account for anorexia nervosa in men
McVittie, C., Hepworth, J., & Kirk, D. (2005) Femininity, mental weakness and difference : male students account for anorexia nervosa in men. Sex Roles, 53(5-6), pp. 413-418.
The purpose of this study was to examine how men account for the diagnosis in men of anorexia nervosa (AN), a condition commonly associated with women. Male students participated in focus group discussions of topics related to AN. Discussions were tape-recorded with participants' consent, transcribed, and then analyzed using discourse analysis. The participants spontaneously constructed AN as a female-specific condition. When asked to account for AN in men, they distanced AN from hegemonic masculinities in ways that sustained both dominant masculine identities and gender-specific constructions of AN. These findings show how issues of health and gender are interlinked in everyday understandings of AN. Future researchers might usefully consider how the construction of gender-specific illness implicates wider notions of both feminine and masculine gender identities.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||anorexia nervosa, social construction, discourse analysis, masculinities|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work|
|Deposited On:||23 May 2013 23:29|
|Last Modified:||30 Jul 2013 05:32|
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