Devoted to the Thin Ideal

Devoted to the Thin Ideal Sex Roles (2008) 59:290–291 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9396-4 BOOK REVIEW The Cult of Thinness, 2nd ed., by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2007. 271 pp. $25.75 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-19-517878-4 Susan A. Basow Published online: 26 February 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 This book is a generally well-done revision and extension focus on the majority of young women in the USA, not just of the author’s 1996 book, Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult those with clinically defined eating disorders. of Thinness. In keeping with her training as a sociologist, Another focus of Hesse-Biber’s book, one that I consider Hesse-Biber maintains a cultural focus and integrates it even more important in understanding the problem of with engaging individual case studies and research data. It disordered eating than the cult analogy, is the critical role is a combination that should have wide appeal. played by both patriarchy and capitalism in the development Although much has been written about the increasing of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Patriarchy, of numbers of young people suffering from the eating course, sets up the mind/body: male/female dichotomy that disorders of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, most psycho- underlies women’s obsession Sex Roles Springer Journals

Devoted to the Thin Ideal

Sex Roles , Volume 59 (4) – Feb 26, 2008

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