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BMI-doktrinen: En beskrivande idéanalys av kritiska diskurser kring BMI
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines critical perspectives on Body Mass Index (BMI) in ongoing societaldiscussions, focusing on poststructuralism, gender, consumer society, and race. Using fatstudies, intersectionality theory, and poststructuralism, the research integrates Foucault'spower theories. Analyzing six scholarly articles, the study categorizes BMI criticisms,emphasizing Foucault's biopower concepts as key to understanding societal regulation. Theparadox of power is evident as the slim body signifies self-discipline in a consumer-drivenculture valuing control. The paper also highlights BMI's critique for disregarding gender andrace, originating from the white male body, and immerses into historical associations. Thefindings of this paper uncovers how the discourse on BMI is connected to commercialinterests, politics, and economics, influencing power dynamics. In conclusion, the studyunderscores the link between BMI discourse, poststructuralism, and self-discipline, whilerevealing its limitations in a diversity context, with gender and race influencing criticism.Power, commercial interests, and societal politics emerge as crucial within this discourse.

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2023. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
BMI, poststructuralism, fat studies, intersectionality, gender, race, Foucault, biopower, disciplinary power
Keywords [sv]
BMI, poststrukturalism, fat studies, intersektionalitet, kön, genus, ras, Foucault, biomakt, disciplinär makt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-221806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-221806DiVA, id: diva2:1802109
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Available from: 2023-10-04 Created: 2023-10-03 Last updated: 2023-10-04Bibliographically approved

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