Mærket: En undersøgelse af 'overvægtiges' selvforståelser og handlemuligheder

Sara Malou Meyer & Mette Rattenborg Hersbøll

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This report elaborates on how the sense of self and the possibilites for taking action are impacted in connection to specific discoursive constitutions of a subject position as 'overweight' in a comtemporary Danish context. We draw on a range of social constructionist views, ex. Michel Foucault (2002), Browyn Davies & Rom Harré (1990) and Vivien Burr (2003), as well on a mainstream framework understanding of the processes of in- and exclusion, represented by Brenda Major & Collette Eccleston (2005). Our starting point is a discoursive analysis of different constructions of the 'overweight' subject as represented within the Danish TV-program Debatten7. With these as a foundation, we discuss how the positions made available impacts on the subject, it's sense of self and it's possibilities for change. As a central point, we discover that pro-normative behaviour, such as eliminating the stigma, can be viewed as a solution to several of the problems that surrond stigma-based exclusion. Though this might be beneficial to the individual subject, we underline that such behaviour also can be viewed as a practice that reproduces the existing cultural constructions of the subject position 'the overweight' and the negative connotations that are closely related to this. Psychology, Bachelor, Fall 2010

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 jan. 2011
VejledereMarian Nielsen


  • Diskurs
  • Normalitet
  • Vivien Burr
  • Overvægt
  • Subjektspositionering
  • Stuart Hall
  • Positionering
  • Fedme
  • Michel Foucault
  • Norm
  • Socialkonstruktionisme
  • Dorte Marie Søndergaard
  • Identitet
  • Dominic Abrams