Keep It Together, No Matter What. : En studie i maskulinitet, kroppsfixering och manlig identitet.
Gregory. P. Stone writes in ”Apperance and the self, Dress and identity” published in Arnold. M. Rose anthology Human Behavior and Social Processes; an Interactionist Approach. (New York: Houghton Mifflin 1962) P. 94
”To situate the person as a social object is to bring him together with other objects so situated, and, at the same time to set him apart from still other objects. Identity is intrinsically associated with all the social joinings and departures of social life. To have an identity is to join with some and depart from others, to enter and leave social relations at once.”
This quote became the starting point for my thesis, together with my own experiences of the situation in the changing room. How identity gets constructed out from the parallels and/or distinctions one do to other bodies. How the will to transform the body to something else can drive a person to the extreme. An obsession for training or an eating disorder can become tools for this transformation. But it´s still a taboo for men to talk about their weaknesses, therefore my work strives to open up the discussion about the male body. The physical work connected to the essay aims to create jewelry as tools for communicating the suppressed emotions associated to an eating-dissorder, and lift the shame from the person exposed to the illness. The objects materialized based on the result from several interviews and the stories that the persons shared with me.
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