Sex Roles, Vol. 42, Nos. 5/6, 2000 Book Review The Thin Woman: Feminism, Post-Structuralism, and the Social Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa. Helen Malson. London: Routledge, 1998, 256 pp., $21.99. The study of eating disorders provides a very convincing example of the need to view symptoms and syndromes from a biopsychosocial perspective, in terms of both etiology and treatment and on both macro and micro levels. While literature over the past two decades has addressed these areas and perspectives individually, Helen Malson provides a multidisciplinary, multilevel perspective in this carefully crafted book. Malson offers the reader a virtual short course on how we have come to view cause, effect, and treatment of the disorder in the medical and psychological ﬁelds as well as how it is constructed by the individual. Her perspective is primarily psychological and sociological, with a skillful integration of theory and research from women’s studies and cultural studies. The book is premised on the belief that, to understand the phenome- non, we must consider the sociocultural milieu in which people with the disorder function. However, the author seems to look beyond the overly simplistic notion that societal norms of thinness and media portrayals of this ideal lie
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