By Professor Megan Warin
Unraveling anorexia's complicated relationships and contradictions, Warin presents a brand new theoretical standpoint rooted in a socio-cultural context of our bodies and gender. Abject Relations departs from traditional psychotherapy methods and gives a special "logic," person who comprises the moving forces of energy, disgust, and wish and gives new methods of considering which may have implications for destiny therapy regimes.
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This, he argues, is not to reject the traditional concept of dwelling, for ﬁeldwork has always been a mixture of dwelling and traveling (although the rapport, initiation, and familiarity associated with long-term dwelling have tended to remain dominant) (Clifford , ). It is the relationship between sites that brings me to the second important reason for conducting multisited research. Although historically deﬁned by psychiatry, anorexia has had a variety of contentious meanings among the ﬁelds in which it is studied.
Chapter , “Knowing through the Body,” explores how I established and maintained relationships among a group of people with 16 ABJECT RELATIONS whom I did not share common taken-for-granted assumptions and experiences. One of the ways I engaged with them was by taking their cues of sociality as a guide. We rarely ate together; some meetings were called to a halt by participants, some were awkward, and some participants allowed me to enter their worlds based on the premise that I did not threaten them by asking they share commensality with me.
She reiterated that I should not feel responsible for her emotional response to her “shitty illness,” and asked if we could meet again in a week or so. My encounter with Natalia emphasizes not only the importance of and continual prominence of ethics in such a project, but also the potential impact of research on those involved. I shared as many experiences as I could with participants, including seemingly mundane activities such as grocery shopping, as well as other more idiosyncratic outings such as driving to an antique shop to collect a wooden sewing mannequin that had been put on hold, dropping people off at appointments or the social security ofﬁce, and going to a theatre performance in which one participant was acting.
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