FOOD AND THE BODY: Foucault and eating disorders

FOOD AND THE BODY: Foucault and eating disorders

GENDER, HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE(this the model title).

FOOD AND THE BODY( the topic title )
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa could be seen as a form of docile body as discussed by Foucault (1977).”

Discuss the above statement with reference to Laura Mulvey’snotion of The Male Gaze as well as the ideas discussed by Foucault in Discipline and Punish (1977).

In this essay you should demonstrate your knowledge of Foucault’s idea of the docile body including a discussion of the disciplined body and the concept of surveillance. You should also draw on Laura Mulveys notion of the male gaze. You need to explore and discuss the way in which the bodies of those suffering eating disorders can be understood as ‘docile bodies’ and the outcome of external and internal surveillance of society. You might also want to discuss how the role of the media and the increasing monitoring of bodies in the social sphere can lead to the development of eating disorders
You can also include a discussion of:
What eating disorders are
The causes of eating disorders- both social and physiological/psychological (but don’t spend too much time on this discussion)
The Beauty myth (Naomi Wolf)
The writings of Susan Bordo
A discussion of Foucault idea of the docile body drawing on his writings in Dicipline and Punish.
please follow all those structures and don’t miss any point of them.Also please check the pp. the lesson slides (attached files.
follow the academic essay structure.

introduction(introduce the topic,definition,highlight the main points will discuss).
main body(background,argument,)
conclusion(brief the main points that discussed)

helping resources:
recommended readings-

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