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3 - Considering Positive Body Image through the Lens of Culture and Minority Social Identities


Research on positive body image has developed rapidly to include a wide range of different social groups and identities. This work draws on the notion that “identity” is something that is routinely co-constructed and sustained by the activities of an individual within local social worlds, and that this in turn may impact on body image experiences. This chapter provides an overview of research that has adopted an identities approach to examine positive body image in different cultural and social groups. It begins with a summary of attempts to understand positive body image at a macro level (i.e., in different national and linguistic groups) before delving into more micro levels of identity (e.g., ethnic and socioeconomic differences within specific cultural groups). In both cases, this review of the literature is followed by a consideration of research that still needs to be conducted to better understand the nature of positive body image in different groups.

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