Body and Media: Case Study

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BODY AND MEDIA: CASE STUDY
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1What does it mean to have a certain type of body - what is your relationship between youridentity and your body?...............................................................................................................1Who influences our body?...........................................................................................................2Frameworks which inform discourse of the body.......................................................................3How is the body experienced, defined, measured, controlled and represented?.........................4How do we recognize “Sporting body”?.....................................................................................4What is a ‘normal’ body?............................................................................................................4How might you use theoretical frameworks such as ‘body-projects’ ( Shilling) , impressionmanagement (Goffman), disciplined bodies ( Foucault) etc. when analyzing your own casestudy?...........................................................................................................................................5CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................5REFERENCE..................................................................................................................................6
INTRODUCTIONBody image is basically person’s perception, belief and attitude about own body. In thiscontext, it can be said that body image is not restricted to the image what an individual see in themirror (Abbas & Karadavut, 2017). It involves different other things also such as memories,assumptions, and generalizations etc. Human always gives importance to the human body.However, the factors such as society, media and culture shape person’s perception of own body.In the present report, the impact of media on the perception of an individual about theirown body image will be examined. In this regard, the report will also give a description aboutdifferent factors that inform discourse of body. Further, with an aim to explain the conceptclearly assistance will also be taken from different theoretical factors.What does it mean to have a certain type of body - what is your relationship between youridentity and your body?The individual’s perception of a certain type of body is different. This is because; thereare different factors which help in building person’s perception of the image of the body in aneffectual way. It comprises media, culture and society pressure. However, ideal body imagevaries in gender. For example, ideal body image for women will be 36-28-36. In simple words, itcan be said that from women it is expected that she should be toned and have perfect body shapewhich is described above (Fardouly, Diedrichs & Halliwell, 2015). The women who have suchtype of shape will be considered as fit and healthy. In a similar way, in terms of men they shouldbe toned muscles and it should not be thin like women. Thus, it can be said that it is the idealbody image for both men as well as women. In addition to this, the body image which anindividual possesses has a relationship with their identity too. For example, a person who is tooskinny will be considered as poor or not having money to feed their body. In a similar way, anindividual who is obese will be considered as lazy and do not have control over eating practicesetc (Dakanalis and et.al., 2015).There is a relationship between my identity and my body. I am very fond of exercising. Inaddition to this, I actively participate in different physical activities that are arranged in thecollege. These all things are the part of my identity. From this identity, people who have not seenme always presume that I must have athlete type of body and I must be very fit and toned.1
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