The paradox of virtue : (re)thinking deviance, anorexia and schooling

Halse, Christine, Honey, Anne and Boughtwood, Desiree 2007, The paradox of virtue : (re)thinking deviance, anorexia and schooling, Gender and education, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 219-235, doi: 10.1080/09540250601166068.

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Title The paradox of virtue : (re)thinking deviance, anorexia and schooling
Author(s) Halse, Christine
Honey, Anne
Boughtwood, Desiree
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 219
End page 235
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0954-0253
Summary In this paper we posit a radical retheorization of anorexia as a form of deviance. We examine how the disciplinary practices and moral technologies typical of contemporary secondary schooling signify and enter into the articulation of three ‘virtue discourses’ (discipline, achievement and healthism), and tease out how these ‘virtue discourses’ play into the formation of the ‘anorexic’ subject. Informed by Foucauldian theory, our analysis draws on our life history interview study with teenage girls diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and their parents. We argue that anorexia can be understood not as a form of deviance but as a ‘paradox of virtue’ involving zealous compliance with and taking up of socially and culturally sanctioned ‘virtue discourses’ that are immanent in schooling and wider society.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540250601166068
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
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