Strong Desires and Strategies of Self-control: A Semiotic Approach to Food Cravings

Signs - International Journal of Semiotics

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Title Strong Desires and Strategies of Self-control: A Semiotic Approach to Food Cravings
Creator Nielsen, Annemette
Micheelsen, Arun
Subject Semiotics
Food craving
Qualitative method
Food sociology
Description A semiotic analysis of qualitative interviews with obese individuals shows experiences of ‘food cravings’ (i.e. strong, temporary, desires to eat that are generally directed on specific types of food) to be instances of semiosis that intersect biological, psychological and cultural spheres. In its analysis, the article introduces a new distinction between non-symbolic and symbolic dominance in food craving. It also describes ways in which food cravers use different semiotic strategies to achieve self-control by manipulating the semiosis of food craving. It is suggested that the semiotic framework offers an approach that could be fruitful both in future interdisciplinary studies and intervention programmes relating to food craving.
Publisher University of Copenhagen, Department of Information Science
Date 2011-08-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source SIGNS; Årg. 5 (2011); 1-28
Signs - International Journal of Semiotics; Vol 5 (2011); 1-28
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Annemette Nielsen, Arun Micheelsen

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