Constructing Gendered Identities through Discourse: Body Image, Exercise, Food Consumption, and Teasing Practices among Adolescents

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/194937
Title:
Constructing Gendered Identities through Discourse: Body Image, Exercise, Food Consumption, and Teasing Practices among Adolescents
Author:
Taylor, Nicole Leigh
Issue Date:
2006
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This dissertation examines body image ideology within the larger context of adolescent social networks and the physical environment of a high school, specifically focusing on factors that may be contributing to the current overweight/obesity epidemic among youth. I explore the ways in which adolescents construct gendered identities through talk about body image as well as adolescent practices and discourses regarding exercise and food consumption, including how their perceptions of what it means to be athletic and healthy intersect with their perceptions about body image ideals and norms. I further discuss ways in which adolescents construct moral identities through 'othering' discourses about overweight and obese people, including teasing practices. A primary goal of this ethnographic research project is to integrate the study of body image, food consumption, exercise, and teasing practices among youth in order to contribute a contextualized understanding of how youth perceive and enact these behaviors in their daily lives.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Body Image; Obesity; Teasing; Exercise; Food Consumption; Gender
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Anthropology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mendoza-Denton, Norma; Nichter, Mimi
Committee Chair:
Mendoza-Denton, Norma; Nichter, Mimi

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleConstructing Gendered Identities through Discourse: Body Image, Exercise, Food Consumption, and Teasing Practices among Adolescentsen_US
dc.creatorTaylor, Nicole Leighen_US
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Nicole Leighen_US
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines body image ideology within the larger context of adolescent social networks and the physical environment of a high school, specifically focusing on factors that may be contributing to the current overweight/obesity epidemic among youth. I explore the ways in which adolescents construct gendered identities through talk about body image as well as adolescent practices and discourses regarding exercise and food consumption, including how their perceptions of what it means to be athletic and healthy intersect with their perceptions about body image ideals and norms. I further discuss ways in which adolescents construct moral identities through 'othering' discourses about overweight and obese people, including teasing practices. A primary goal of this ethnographic research project is to integrate the study of body image, food consumption, exercise, and teasing practices among youth in order to contribute a contextualized understanding of how youth perceive and enact these behaviors in their daily lives.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectBody Imageen_US
dc.subjectObesityen_US
dc.subjectTeasingen_US
dc.subjectExerciseen_US
dc.subjectFood Consumptionen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMendoza-Denton, Normaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorNichter, Mimien_US
dc.contributor.chairMendoza-Denton, Normaen_US
dc.contributor.chairNichter, Mimien_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHill, Janeen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNichter, Marken_US
dc.identifier.proquest1577en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137355976en_US
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