A Disconnect Between What She Wanted To Do And Her Ability To Act Upon It: Complexities Of Agency In Discourses Of Treatment For Youth With Eating Disorders

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Krause, April-Rose




This project analyzes the discourses circulating about young people with eating disorders (ED) in popular and legal materials. Through use of discourse analysis through a Foucauldian lens, I have determined major themes in how we make sense of involuntary treatment, in particular. In analyzing cases from the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) and newspaper articles from The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, and National Post I drew out common narratives and themes. Agency, not surprisingly in the current medico-political context was noted throughout all texts, and was found to be alongside or in opposition to, discourses of protection. I drew out three themes which framed this overarching tension. My analysis reveals that there remain fundamental tensions in how we understand the young person with an eating disorder and how they should be treated.


Individual and Family Studies
Mass Communications




Carleton University

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