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Surveiller et maigrir. Sociologie des modes de contrainte dans un groupe commercial d’amaigrissement


  • Muriel Darmon

    () (Groupe de recherche sur la socialisation, CNRS/Université Lyon 2/ENS de Lyon, Université Lyon 2, bâtiment K, 5 avenue Pierre Mendès-France, CP 11, 69676 Bron cedex, France)


[paper in French] How to make people lose weight? Based on an ethnographic study of a commercial weight-loss group, this article analyses how such an organization rely on specific modes of surveillance aimed at controlling the participants’ attitudes and behaviours. The article enlightens different agencies of this social control, such as group leaders, peer pressure, or domestic partners. It insists on the role played by writing and written materials as key tools in this body discipline.

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  • Muriel Darmon, 2010. "Surveiller et maigrir. Sociologie des modes de contrainte dans un groupe commercial d’amaigrissement," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 91(2), pages 209-228.
  • Handle: RePEc:rae:jourae:v:91:y:2010:i:2:p:209-228

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    1. Augor, Mélanie & Lhuissier, Anne, 2006. "Cuisiner ensemble : ethnographie de trois ateliers cuisine," Cahiers d'Economie et de Sociologie Rurales (CESR), INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), vol. 79.
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    food; self-help; social control; body; writing; institution; participant observation; diet;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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