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dc.contributor.authorJoy, Phillip
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-02T15:02:16Z
dc.date.available2020-06-02T15:02:16Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/79295
dc.description.abstractThe image we have of our bodies is an integral part of our health. Body dissatisfaction has been previously related to negative health outcomes and poor mental health for many gay men. Through a Foucauldian conceptual framework and employing an arts-based qualitative methodology that weaves together components of poststructuralism and queer theory, this thesis examines how gay men navigate the tensions to their health and well-being from competing discourses of gender, sexuality, beauty, health, and fat. Using photovoice, nine self-identifying gay men in Nova Scotia, Canada explored their beliefs, values, and practices about food and their bodies. Discourse analysis of their interviews revealed that participants viewed their bodies as works of art that are shaped through many facets of gay culture, including dominant beauty ideals, social media, and hegemonic forms of masculinities. Tensions that influence their health and well-being were often experienced by participants when they felt their bodies were not aligned with societal body ideals and discourses. The findings of this study reveal that by recognizing and challenging body ideals, connecting with other gay men, and expressing compassion towards oneself and others, participants were able to help ease their tensions and positively influence their lives.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectPhotovoiceen_US
dc.subjectgayen_US
dc.subjectnutritionen_US
dc.subjectbody imageen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.titleThrough The Looking Glass: A Poststructural and Queer Photovoice Project Exploring Nutrition and Bodies among Gay Menen_US
dc.date.defence2020-05-19
dc.contributor.departmentPhD in Healthen_US
dc.contributor.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerDr. Amélie Perronen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Marilyn MacDonalden_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Megan Astonen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Laurene Rehmanen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Lisa Goldbergen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Matthew Numeren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Sara Kirken_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalReceiveden_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsYesen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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