From ‘disorder’ to political action: Conversations that invite collective considerations to individual experiences of women who express concerns about eating and their bodies by Kristina Lainson

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

From ‘disorder’ to political action: Conversations that invite collective considerations to individual experiences of women who express concerns about eating and their bodies by Kristina Lainson

Concerns about eating and its effects on bodies are often articulated in terms of individualised pathologies. This video describes an interweaving of narrative practices which has proved helpful for a number of women experiencing such concerns. By inviting collective considerations to their individual experiences, and by recognising and naming their existing commitments and agentive responses to societal expectations, it became more possible to move away from ideas of ‘stuckness’ towards a sense of being influential both in their own life, and possibly in the lives of others similarly concerned.

Kristina is a Narrative Therapist based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Most of her work to date has been in a small community based counselling service. She is currently working on a PhD in which she hopes to unsettle some of the less helpful discourses about people whose lives are impacted by ‘anorexia’.

 

Further Reading

Denborough, D. (2008). Collective Narrative Practice. Adelaide, Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.

Kitzinger, C., & Perkins, R. (1993). Changing our minds: Lesbian feminism and psychology. New York, USA: New York University.

Saukko, P. (2008). ‘I Feel Ridiculous About Having Had it’ – Critical Readings of Lived and Mediated Stories on Eating Disorders. (Chapter 2). In M. Riley, M. Burns, H. Frith, S. Wiggins & P. Markula (Eds). Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management. Basingstoke UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [Book Chapter]

Published September 30, 2016

3 Comments

  1. Thankyou for this skillful use of words. I have become disillusioned with counselling, but Narrative Therapy offers something different, new questions coming from a respectful place of not-knowing,without a defined end. I feel inspired.
    Thanks
    Catherine

  2. Thank you so much Kristina for such an inspiring and enlightening teaching. I really was struct by how much I have perhaps positioned myself as giving the body image challenge strength in terms of it having a stronger impact on a person and although may explore when a person has stood up to some of what does not work for them in terms of agency, I really valued hearing how conversations can occur with agency moving from I/we. I loved the analogy of weaving these 4 strands over and again. Thanks again.

    • Hi Liz
      I agree with you, ‘body image’ can take on so much importance. I wonder if that’s supported by ideas that we should be working towards ‘good body image,’ which can become an obligation in itself. Perhaps that, in part, adds to the strength it seems to gain in conversations sometimes. A small act of resistance in my own life is questioning the usefulness of ‘body image’ as a concept at all. I really appreciate your reflections, thank you.
      Warmly
      Kristina

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