The aim of this paper is to explore how health in its extreme manifestation is articulated in the TV shows Afhængig af træning and Når sundt blir sygt. In continuation hereof the objective of this paper is to study how people who practice this are portrayed and subsequently examine what relation between health and sickness is discursively constructed. In order to do that the analysis will include Lene Otto’s understandings of health through which our understanding of extreme health as a phenomenon and its practitioners are influenced. To answer our research questions we carry out a discourse analysis that is based on a social constructivist understanding of health. That means health in our point of view has no fixed meaning and we therefore will not be concerned with whether or not the “true” meaning of health is communicated. Rather our purpose is to question how the representation of extreme health contributes to a certain relation between health and sickness. The analysis of the TV shows and of the context they are situated in is aided by Norman Fairclough and his approach for a critical discourse analysis. Through our analysis of the way health in its extreme variation is articulated we find that health and sickness appear as two inseparable notions. That leads to the conclusion, that the relation between health and sickness is constructed in a way that resembles a dichotomization, the effect being that you can’t both be healthy and sick at the same time because extreme health is perceived as something sick
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