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dc.contributor.authorDickson, Andrew Gordon
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-20T21:44:46Z
dc.date.available2012-06-20T21:44:46Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/3504
dc.descriptionContent removed due to copyright restrictions: Dickson, A. (2011). The jouissance of the lard(er): gender, desire and anxiety in the weight-loss industry. Culture and organization, 17(4), 313-328.en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis critically re-thinks the organisation of the weight loss industry using a psychoanalytic framework derived from the work of Jacques Lacan, including his discourse theory. Further, I develop critical methodology by focusing on my own experiences and culture. I do this by gathering and analysing autoethnographic data. The main findings of this thesis occur in three broad topic areas. First I re-conceptualise the unconscious processes of the weight-loss subject and subsequently re-focus on the weight loss industry’s unconscious target: anxiety. Second I re-think the gender of the weightanxious subject, moving past biology and hegemony to think psychoanalytically about those subjects who identify as weight-anxious. Third I tackle the ethics of the wider weight loss industry, critically analysing its capitalistic focus and suggesting instead an ethics based on the desire of the weight-anxious subject. Finally I attempt to look at my thesis in reflection, by concluding in line with Lacan’s four discourses, finishing as the psychoanalyst might by placing the thesis on the couch.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectWeight loss industryen
dc.subjectWeight loss anxietyen
dc.subjectBody imageen
dc.titleThe other side of weight loss : a Lacanian autoethnography of weight-anxiety : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Organisation Studies at Massey University, Manawatu, New Zealanden
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplineOrganisation Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en


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