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Anorektiskt beteende och Pro-ana: Sett ur ett sociologiskt perspektiv
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Anorexic behavior and Pro-Ana : Seen from a sociological perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

Following study is about the anorexic behavior and the pro-ana movement, which is a web-based subculture where the followers of this, stands for anorexia as an identity position and lifestyle, rather than a disease. The purpose of this study was that, from a sociological perspective give possible interpretations of the anorexic behavior, and interpret why some anorexics choose to be a part of and identify oneself with the pro-ana movement. The reason has been to conduce more knowledge and understanding of the topics, but also to contribute with a deeper perspective and sociological approach to the former research that is already available.

To conduct the study, qualitative research has been used, and the chosen methodology was document analysis/text analysis. The collected empirical data consisted material from two pro-ana forums, four blogs and six twitter accounts, where all the users of those claimed to be supporters of the pro-ana. The empirical data has been interpreted by Howard S. Becker's theory of deviance, Erving Goffman's theory of stigma and his dramaturgical theory. In addition, previous research has also been used as a support.

The study has shown that anorexics by being stigmatized for their deviant behavior may take different consequences for their actions. These are in the form of social isolation, concealment of behavior and resistance from the rest of society etcetera. Furthermore, the study also revealed that the major reason that anorectics choose to be a part of the pro-ana is because they are in need of interaction with likeminded people. Through membership the anorectics may get the status and attention they need, and at the same time take part of a community where they are not questioned, but rather perceived as fully normal.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Pro-Ana, anorexic behavior, outsider, stigmatization
Keyword [sv]
Pro-ana, anorektiskt beteende, avvikare, stigmatisering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26940OAI: diva2:631544
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Sociology Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2013-09-23 Created: 2013-06-21 Last updated: 2013-09-23Bibliographically approved

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