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The body ideal in the postmodern society

By Julie Steenbuch Holt, Lars Dall, Nana Spietz, Daniel Rauno Lindholm, Mads Borch-Kristensen and Kathrine Aastrup Jørgensen


Since the mid 80’s, focuses on fitness and the aesthetics of the human body have been increasing. In this group the interests of fitness, health and a good lifestyle make the foundation of choosing the theme of the following project. This project considers the growing tendency of fitness in the postmodern society of Denmark. The purpose of this is to understand the tendency and how people are impacted upon it and the body ideal. In order to be able to solve/explain this problem, different methods of qualitative forms of examinations are to be used. These include interviews and participating observations, which will help getting information about the minds of the informers and to observe a centre of fitness as a room of social interaction and impact. The collection of information will be used for analysis and discussion of the problem. The conclusion to this is that all of our informers are affected in one way or another by the tendency of keeping a lot of focus on fitness, body ideal and lifestyle. Two of the informers believe that they are stigmatized of the surroundings based on their overweight. One informer finds the body ideal to be unrealistic and make individuals require too much of themselves. One informer notices the body ideal but he doesn’t exactly strive to achieve it. The last informer believes that the body ideal is essential in order to motivate people to live a healthy and active life. He doesn’t find it unrealistic and his goal is actually to look like it

Topics: Konkurrencestat, Senmoderne, Kropsideal, Fitness, Sociologi, Plan, rum og ressourcer, Anthony Giddens, Erving Goffman
Year: 2015
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