Embodying Artistic Reflexive Praxis: An Early Career Academic's Reflections on Pain, Anxiety, and Eating Disorder Recovery Research


  • Andrea LaMarre Massey University




eating disorders, recovery, reflexivity, embodiment, pain


Writing about our bodies, as researchers, does not always do justice to their ebbs and flows—their entanglements with the processes and "products" of our research journeys. In this piece, I share my reflexive engagement with artistic praxis over the course of my early career. Engaging with embodied reflexive praxis through dance, film, and writing enabled me to not only produce but also to feel research and to work through messy and painful experiences. Beyond simply unearthing my spaces of belonging in relationship to participants, reflexivity has meant examining and re-examining my relationship to pain, disability, recovery from eating distress, and research itself.


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Author Biography

Andrea LaMarre, Massey University

Andrea LaMARRE is a lecturer in critical health psychology at Massey University, New Zealand (Albany Campus) in the School of Psychology. In her work she considers eating distress and embodiment. She focuses primarily on recoveries and the ways in which contemporary health contexts make "being well" challenging—and what might be done to support different modes of living.




How to Cite

LaMarre, A. (2021). Embodying Artistic Reflexive Praxis: An Early Career Academic’s Reflections on Pain, Anxiety, and Eating Disorder Recovery Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 22(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-22.2.3712



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