The social construction of anorexia and bulimia nervosa with a focus on pro-ana and pro-mia websites

by Lisa Knauz

Institution: Laurentian University
Year: 2015
Keywords: anorexia; bulimia; pro-anorexia; pro-bulimia; pro-ana; pro-mia; thinspiration; social movements; discourses; social construction; lifestyle
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2125552
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.