Dr Karin Eli

Karin Eli is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on eating disorders, obesity, and the body, alongside food activism, social class, and social mobility. Karin’s research ranges from the intimacies of narrative, identity, and embodied experience to the structures of socioeconomic stratification and food governance. Through her interlinked research foci, Karin interrogates eating disorders and obesity as multi-level conditions that call for integrated phenomenological and structural approaches.

Current research interests 

1. Relationships between social mobility, embodied practice, and obesity within and across generations  

2. Structural vulnerability and barriers to care among socioeconomically and geographically marginalized people with eating disorders

3. Women's spaces, body cultures, and wellbeing in gender-segregated religious communities (with particular focus on Hasidic communities in London)

For a full list of publications: https://oxford.academia.edu/KarinEli

Selected recent publications

Eli, K. (forthcoming) Striving for liminality: Eating disorders and social suffering. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Eli, K. and Lavis, A. (2016). Becoming fit to be a mother: Class, learning, and redemption in Supersize v. Superskinny. Journal of Gender Studies (early online) DOI:10.1080/09589236.2016.1178630.

Eli, K., Howell, K., Fisher, P. A., & Nowicka, P. (2016). A question of balance: Explaining differences between parental and grandparental perspectives on preschoolers' feeding and physical activity. Social Science & Medicine, 154, 28-35.

Eli, K., Dolan, C., Schneider, T., and Ulijaszek, S. (2016). Mobile activism, material imaginings, and the ethics of the edible: Framing political engagement on and through the Buycott app. Geoforum, 74, 63-73.

Eli, K. (2016). “The body remembers”: Narrating embodied reconciliations of eating disorder and recovery. Anthropology & Medicine, 23(1), 71-85.

Eli, K. (2015). Binge eating as a meaningful experience in bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Mental Health24(6), 363-368.

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