faculteit: "FMG" en publicatiejaar: "2012"
| Auteur||Else Vogel|
|Titel||This is not a lack of discipline : will and drives in obesity care and prevention|
|Begeleiders||Annemarie Mol, Amade M’charek|
|Faculteit||Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen|
|Instituut/afd.||FMG: International School for Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Samenvatting||Public debate on who or what is to blame for the rising rates of obesity and overweight,|
shifts between two extremes. The first posits overweight as the result of a lack of individual will; the
second as the outcome of bodily drives, potentially triggered by the environment. These positions
happen to be two sides of the same coin: if combined, drives form a complication, while a masterful
will may yet counter overweight. For overweight people’s daily lives, weight management as depicted
in public debate thus comes down to a specific struggle: either control your body or your body will
control you. In line with actor-network theory, I start from the premise that reality is done rather than
already 'there' for us to discover. Accordingly, I explore in what ways this logic of ‘control or be
controlled’ is present and enacted into being in the practices where overweight people are targeted.
Drawing on fieldwork in various sites of obesity care and prevention in The Netherlands, I sketch
different modes of ordering reality, in which bodies, subjects, food and the environment are enacted in
different ways. The analysis reveals that in their accounts, professionals question the logic dominant
in public debate. In practice, will and drives are not given and static, but fluid and actively shaped.
More often than not, will and drives do not figure at all. Moreover, there is no single biomedical
model (or discourse) on good eating around: various biomedical versions of healthy eating figure in
the background. Instead of critiquing or refining the dominant logic, I argue that it is more promising
to draw on practices to improve obesity care and prevention, for instance, by strengthening modes of
ordering revolving around pleasure or collectives.
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