Modeling a multiple, contradictory self : collective voices of (anorexic) identity from cyberspace.

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dc.contributor.advisor Schlueter, David W. (David Walter), 1954- Weeks, Sarah Ingram. 2011-12
dc.description.abstract As the primary text of the psychiatric establishment, the DSM-IV has been criticized for contributing to the stigmatization and marginalization of individuals with mental illness. The rapid rise of the internet as a communication tool has enabled previously marginalized and isolated sociocultural subgroups to create virtual communities where they can share their unique understandings and experiences of living with a mental illness. Individuals with eating disorders constitute one such subgroup who have created virtual spaces via pro-anorexia communities. Free of the discursive constraint present in their day to day lives, these dialogical spaces are at the same time anonymous and highly intimate; thus, the accounts contained within and across these communities are a beneficial source from which to investigate the meaning of anorexia from the patients’ perspective. Through a feminist, post-structuralist discourse analysis of (anorexic) narrative and the theory of the dialogical self, I suggest a model of collective voices of (anorexic) identity. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Dialogical self. en_US
dc.subject Psychiatric labelling. en_US
dc.subject Discourse analysis. en_US
dc.title Modeling a multiple, contradictory self : collective voices of (anorexic) identity from cyberspace. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.A. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Communication Studies. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Communication Studies. en_US

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