Institutional resistance to veganism : Constructing vegan bodies as deviant in medical encounters in Estonia

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Aavik , K 2021 , ' Institutional resistance to veganism : Constructing vegan bodies as deviant in medical encounters in Estonia ' , Health , vol. 25 , no. 2 , pp. 159-176 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459319860571

Title: Institutional resistance to veganism : Constructing vegan bodies as deviant in medical encounters in Estonia
Author: Aavik, Kadri
Contributor organization: Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture, and Society
Department of Cultures
Gender Studies
Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Health
ISSN: 1363-4593
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459319860571
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305155
Abstract: This article examines institutional resistance to veganism, with a focus on the medical system. Based on a qualitative analysis of vegans’ accounts of medical encounters in Estonia, collected via an online questionnaire, I argue that the vegan body is socially constructed as a deviant entity by medical professionals. I suggest that the medical professionals’ perceptions of vegans are based less on the actual conditions of their bodies but more on ideas about what are socially and politically acceptable identities and (bodily) practices. Deviance is produced through association with the uneasy category of ‘vegan’. The experiences of vegans in the medical system illuminate the role of powerful social institutions in resisting transition towards more ethical and ecologically sustainable food practices and in endorsing human exploitation of other animals.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
critical animal studies
veganim
DEVIANCE
MEDICINE
SPECIESISM
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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