Eating Disorders as Deviance

Authored by: Diane E. Taub , Penelope A. McLorg

The Routledge Handbook of Deviant Behavior

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415482745
eBook ISBN: 9780203880548
Adobe ISBN: 9781134015580

10.4324/9780203880548.ch35

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Abstract

Within the field of the sociology of deviance, the term deviance connotes a variety of associations. For example, deviance can be described as being related to an individual’s attitude, behavior, or physicality. Eating disorders comprise all three of these areas of deviance, with extreme internalization of the societal emphasis on thinness, aberrant behavior in response to the thinness norm, and altered appearance that embodies the thinness norm.

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