Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Christopher Till

The social creation of male anorexia

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This thesis is an analysis of the emergence of Male Anorexia Nervosa as a meaningful way of describing and explaining social action and how it interrelates with forms of governmentality. Genealogical analysis will be used to unpick how the authorities of delimitation have been defined in order to create it as an object of scientific knowledge. This will feed in to an investigation of the ways in which human beings are construed by medical knowledge and how this interlinks with discourses in health promotion and health policy to create the surfaces of emergence for Male Anorexia Nervosa as a disease category and a description of behaviour.

The focus of the thesis will take the form of analyses of the discourses used within a variety of fields including medicine and health promotion specifically in terms of how these have been informed by various technologies which reveal the world in certain ways. These technologies will include techniques of measurement such as the Body Mass Index and metric and imperial weights and measures as well as methods of classification and risk analysis.



  • Governmentality
  • Biopower Masculinities
  • Bodies
  • Normalisation
  • Health and Illness

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