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Pro-Ana – stöd eller död? Om hur anorektiker interagerar med varandra på Internet inom subkulturen Pro-ana

Grahn Gustafsson, Malin LU (2010) SOPA63 20092
School of Social Work
Abstract
Abstract
Socio-cultural standards of beauty ideals contribute to a widespread dieting frenzy. Pro-ana
subculture advocates anorexia and eating disorders in terms of lifestyle choices. Using the
Internet as a basis for a subcultural community online.
The aim of this study is to find out how this phenomenon is expressed on the Internet: How
does Pro-ana argue for their cause? How can Pro-ana be described, as subculture or as a
support group for young women with eating disorders?
A qualitative document analysis was conducted on Pro-ana websites using theory of
subcultures, support groups / self help groups and anorexia. Subsequently, the survey results
are presented in various themes.
The results showed that Pro-ana subculture is... (More)
Abstract
Socio-cultural standards of beauty ideals contribute to a widespread dieting frenzy. Pro-ana
subculture advocates anorexia and eating disorders in terms of lifestyle choices. Using the
Internet as a basis for a subcultural community online.
The aim of this study is to find out how this phenomenon is expressed on the Internet: How
does Pro-ana argue for their cause? How can Pro-ana be described, as subculture or as a
support group for young women with eating disorders?
A qualitative document analysis was conducted on Pro-ana websites using theory of
subcultures, support groups / self help groups and anorexia. Subsequently, the survey results
are presented in various themes.
The results showed that Pro-ana subculture is highly valued by its members and fulfil a
function comparable to the support groups and/or self-help groups. However Pro-ana´s norms
and ideals of a destructive lifestyle are not helping anyone overcome eating disorders, but support
those who choose an anorexic life. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Abstract
Socio-cultural standards of beauty ideals contribute to a widespread dieting frenzy. Pro-ana
subculture advocates anorexia and eating disorders in terms of lifestyle choices. Using the
Internet as a basis for a subcultural community online.
The aim of this study is to find out how this phenomenon is expressed on the Internet: How
does Pro-ana argue for their cause? How can Pro-ana be described, as subculture or as a
support group for young women with eating disorders?
A qualitative document analysis was conducted on Pro-ana websites using theory of
subcultures, support groups / self help groups and anorexia. Subsequently, the survey results
are presented in various themes.
The results showed that Pro-ana subculture is highly valued by its members and fulfil a
function comparable to the support groups and/or self-help groups. However Pro-ana´s norms
and ideals of a destructive lifestyle are not helping anyone overcome eating disorders, but support
those who choose an anorexic life.},
  author       = {Grahn Gustafsson, Malin},
  keyword      = {Qualitative study,Pro-ana,subculture,support group / self-help group,Anorexia
Nervosa,Socio-cultural ideals,identitetsskapande och meningsskapande,Sociokulturella ideal,stödgrupp/självhjälpsgrupp,subkultur,identity formation and meaning
Kvalitativ studie},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Pro-Ana – stöd eller död? Om hur anorektiker interagerar med varandra på Internet inom subkulturen Pro-ana},
  year         = {2010},
}