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Contemporary Diet Culture in the light of Michel Foucault's Analyses
Thesis title in Czech: Současná "diet culture" ve světle analýz Michela Foucaulta
Thesis title in English: Contemporary Diet Culture in the light of Michel Foucault's Analyses
Key words: Michel Foucault, dieta, dietní kultura, péče o sebe, poruchy příjmu potravy, samotransformace.
English key words: body image, Michel Foucault, diet, diet culture, eating disorder, self-transformation
Academic year of topic announcement: 2020/2021
Type of assignment: diploma thesis
Thesis language: angličtina
Department: Programme Electronic Culture and Semiotics (24-KEKS)
Supervisor: Mgr. Ondřej Váša, Ph.D.
Author: hidden - assigned by the advisor
Date of registration: 10.12.2020
Date of assignment: 10.12.2020
Date of electronic submission:24.06.2021
Date of proceeded defence: 15.09.2021
Course: Thesis defence (YMM16OB)
Reviewers: Mgr. Martin Švantner, Ph.D.
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Preliminary scope of work in English
Upon recent so-called new ethics emergence, various formerly silenced topics have appeared under the spotlight of public’s attention. Overall mental health awareness has put forward body image concerns as being an incentive for most lethal forms of mental distress such as eating disorders. Despite body image issues are the subject of research for various academic fields, mainly psychology, this thesis will make an attempt to study body image from a different point of view. That is in relation to contemporary diet culture. Specifically, the thesis will focus on the application of Michel Foucault’s theories on the contemporary diet culture in relation to body image. Hence, discovery and review of diet culture controlling mechanisms that might be later internalized by individuals will be in the scope of this work, along with the study of discourse of diet culture proponents and opponents present in new media. The thesis will suggest that preoccupation with food adds up to other self-regulative and self-controlling practices described by Foucault. Such practices reinforced by diet culture narratives, in some cases, lead to serious mental health issues.
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