Journal Article — Beyond A Lifetime of Comparison: A Sociological Self-Exploration of Body Image Obsession — by Michaela Volpe

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“People who benefit most from writing about their traumas change the ways in which they focus on the trauma from day to day” (Pennebaker 2004:101). This essay is a project towards acceptance and change. I look at my seemingly life-long struggle with my body image from different angles. I explore how societal demand and familial modeling play a role in body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders. Using micro- and macro-sociological concepts and theories, insightful journal articles, books and movies, I dissect my obsession and investigate its origin.

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Volpe, Michaela. 2011. “Beyond A Lifetime of Comparison: A Sociological Self-Exploration of Body Image Obsession.” Pp. 37-45 in Learning Transformations: Applied Sociological Imaginations from First Year Seminars and Beyond (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IX, Issue 2, 2011.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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