Glass Selves

Elspeth Probyn

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Glass Selves

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This article examines the relation between the self and the concept of gender positions. It considers the possibility that young women with few resources for fashioning a strong sense of self use anorexia as a mode of negotiating societal strictures. It suggests that the institutional imprinting of a certain image and a certain kind of third-person observation imposed on the girls/patients/anorexics is just such an exercise of subjectification.

Keywords: self; gender positions; young women; anorexia; societal strictures; institutional imprinting; subjectification

Article.  6874 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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