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

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dc.contributor.author Aavik, Kadri
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-02T21:59:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-02T21:59:49Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03
dc.identifier.citation 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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 126100150
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 6bbe6222-3da0-4394-a230-48ad9bdddc5b
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-7028-5927/work/60867569
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000619168000002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305155
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Health
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.subject critical animal studies
dc.subject veganim
dc.subject DEVIANCE
dc.subject MEDICINE
dc.subject SPECIESISM
dc.subject 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
dc.title Institutional resistance to veganism : Constructing vegan bodies as deviant in medical encounters in Estonia en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture, and Society
dc.contributor.organization Department of Cultures
dc.contributor.organization Gender Studies
dc.contributor.organization Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459319860571
dc.relation.issn 1363-4593
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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