Gender and veganism: men’s and women’s perspectives on being vegan

cuming, jessica (2012) Gender and veganism: men’s and women’s perspectives on being vegan. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Although there is an extensive amount of research within the field of sociology regarding the social issues associated with vegetarianism, the area of veganism seems to be significantly under-researched. The topic of veganism is important within society today as increasingly, the decision is being made to convert to the vegan diet; therefore, in order to further current knowledge of veganism, it is imperative that the issues associated with the vegan diet are explored in depth. The aim of this study is to enhance knowledge about the social issues which surround veganism. Motivations behind the decision to convert to veganism will be explored, as well as the ways in which friends and family react to this dietary change, which is often perceived as drastic. In relation to both of these areas, the issue of gender will be a central consideration as it has been found previously that gender impacts greatly upon the ways in which vegetarianism is experienced. Through the use of qualitative interviews with ten male and female vegans, the subject of veganism is explored and this allows for a close analysis of the significant impact of gender upon the experiences of being vegan. It will be concluded that gender has great influence in shaping experiences of veganism, both in terms of the motivations for the conversion to veganism and the reactions of others to the vegan diet. In spite of this, it is inappropriate to make generalisations about veganism as a whole and therefore, several recommendations have been made for further research.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 14:45
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:09

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