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Subversive Eating: Hegemony and counter hegemony in Swedish dietary politics

Wennergren, Arvid LU (2017) STVM25 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Moving between hegemony and counter hegemony this thesis adds to the field of food politics by contributing to a further understanding of current hegemonic relations within this topic and counter-hegemonic theory in general. In the form of an interview study it draws upon the narratives of radical leftist activists in Lund and Malmö in order to outline a hegemonic framework within food politics in Sweden. By arguing that contemporary dietary hegemony is constituted by discourses that produce specific body ideals and eating disorders, the author suggests that hegemonic reality plays into an agenda of subjective differentiation; safeguarded by societal systems such as capitalism, sexism, racism and speciesism. Moreover, the workings of power... (More)
Moving between hegemony and counter hegemony this thesis adds to the field of food politics by contributing to a further understanding of current hegemonic relations within this topic and counter-hegemonic theory in general. In the form of an interview study it draws upon the narratives of radical leftist activists in Lund and Malmö in order to outline a hegemonic framework within food politics in Sweden. By arguing that contemporary dietary hegemony is constituted by discourses that produce specific body ideals and eating disorders, the author suggests that hegemonic reality plays into an agenda of subjective differentiation; safeguarded by societal systems such as capitalism, sexism, racism and speciesism. Moreover, the workings of power are examined in order to conceptualize how hegemonic norms are enforced, as well as to provide a theory of agency that fits counter-hegemonic goals. Finally, the thesis consults the interview narratives in providing examples of counter hegemony within this hegemonic framework. The argument states that counter hegemony is possible, but characterized by ambivalence and paradoxes. (Less)
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author
Wennergren, Arvid LU
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STVM25 20171
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type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
hegemony, counter hegemony, eating, food politics, sovereignty, digestivity
language
English
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8907500
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2017-06-27 15:04:58
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  abstract     = {Moving between hegemony and counter hegemony this thesis adds to the field of food politics by contributing to a further understanding of current hegemonic relations within this topic and counter-hegemonic theory in general. In the form of an interview study it draws upon the narratives of radical leftist activists in Lund and Malmö in order to outline a hegemonic framework within food politics in Sweden. By arguing that contemporary dietary hegemony is constituted by discourses that produce specific body ideals and eating disorders, the author suggests that hegemonic reality plays into an agenda of subjective differentiation; safeguarded by societal systems such as capitalism, sexism, racism and speciesism. Moreover, the workings of power are examined in order to conceptualize how hegemonic norms are enforced, as well as to provide a theory of agency that fits counter-hegemonic goals. Finally, the thesis consults the interview narratives in providing examples of counter hegemony within this hegemonic framework. The argument states that counter hegemony is possible, but characterized by ambivalence and paradoxes.},
  author       = {Wennergren, Arvid},
  keyword      = {hegemony,counter hegemony,eating,food politics,sovereignty,digestivity},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Subversive Eating: Hegemony and counter hegemony in Swedish dietary politics},
  year         = {2017},
}