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Skinny-shaming: Experience of People with Weight-Related Stigma

Student: Anna Sokolova

Supervisor: Yulia Epanova

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Sociology and Social Informatics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The work is devoted to the study of the skinny-shaming phenomenon. During the study, various approaches to the study of shaming were considered, the definition of shame was formulated, the main differences between shaming and other similar phenomena were found. Analysis of interviews allowed us to draw the following conclusions: skinny shaming agents can be close relatives, classmates, friends, medical workers, an environment that includes strangers, media space, social networks, and the victim itself. The empirical material also showed that victims of skinny shaming regularly practice body self-monitoring, develop practices for predicting changes in the body, practice controlling body shapes and sizes, and gain knowledge about the functioning of the body. Skinny shaming is a gender-neutral phenomenon. However, the nature and type of shaming have gender features. The work showed that victims of skinny shaming use coping strategies aimed at controlling emotions and solving problems. Skinny shaming victims combine types of coping strategies. Coping strategies used by victims are destructive and rehabilitative. Keywords: shame, shaming, skinny shaming, weight related stigma, coping strategies.

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