|Keywords:||anorexia; bulimia; pro-anorexia; pro-bulimia; pro-ana; pro-mia; thinspiration; social movements; discourses; social construction; lifestyle|
|Full text PDF:||https://zone.biblio.laurentian.ca/dspace/handle/10219/2448|
This research looks at the social construction of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. A discourse and content analysis of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites was conducted to determine whether or not this sub-culture and group of individuals fulfilled the criteria of a social movement. Findings found that individuals living a pro-ana and pro-mia lifestyle choice demonstrated various forms of resistance against the discourses and practices defining anorexia and bulimia as illnesses. With the information gathered in relation to the theoretical approach to social movements, pro-ana culture seems to fulfill the dimensions to be considered a proto social movement.