Important links have been established between eating disorders and child sexual abuse. These medical and positive studies, however, have causally quantified the link, and analysis has remained within the parameters of individual psychology. Thus, women's perspectives and experiences are ignored. In this chapter, I argue for a feminist application of Mikhail Bakhtin's sociological linguistics when examining women's experiences of eating disorders and child sexual abuse and the links between them. Bakhtin's theoretical constructs-authoritative and internally persuasive discourse-can enable researchers to expose the seemingly objective truths that overshadow alternative discourses competing for expression. I also argue for the use of a layered account, a technique that enables me to incorporate artistic expression. This chapter begins with an overview of how Bakhtin's theoretical constructs can promote a feminist paradigm for analyzing women's understandings. Drawing from my research that examined the nature of the relationship between women's experiences of child sexual abuse and eating disorders, I demonstrate how Bakhtin's theoretical constructs can expose the hidden mechanisms of control found in these gender-based oppressive practices. I also illustrate how drawing and poetry, when used in qualitative research methodologies, can create space for interactional discovery and give voice to the unspeakable.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Jan 2019|