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Title: The process of shifting identities : an exploration of black people's relationship with food and their bodies
Author: Babalola-Adetimole, Funke
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 0828
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2002
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Black women's relationship with food and their bodies is an area that has received limited attention. Although recently it has been reported that Black women's concerns with weight and problems with eating appear to be more common than once thought, to date there have been no studies that have explored Black women's subjective accounts of their eating problems. Therefore a qualitative methodology, Grounded Theory, was employed to analyze the interviews of ten African and African-Caribbean women, in a community setting, who described themselves as having an eating problem. The core theme 'the process of shifting identities' was thought to reflect an overview of their dominant story. For the women, to fit within the norms of the dominant culture, they expressed a relationship with food and their bodies that was seen contrary to their own cultural norms. Nevertheless, the conflicting messages they received from their own communities was experienced as an additional struggle. In managing this process they adopted the parallel process of shifting their identities, although this was not necessary intentional, nonetheless it gave rise to further distress and oppression: silencing due to shame and guilt about being 'different' and 'weak' in their dual cultures. The theoretical and clinical implications in relation to these findings will also be discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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