Positiva upplevelser av dopning: En kvalitativ studie av AAS-bruk och reflexiva kroppar

Translated title of the contribution: Positive experiences of doping: A qualitative study of AAS-use and reflexive bodies

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Abstract

Research on doping usually has focused on social and individual problems, such as AAS-use in relations to substance abuse, criminality and health issues. The purpose of this study was to analyze the meaning of positive experiences of doping with Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS), outside the traditional sports competition context. Eight respondents with own AAS-experiences were interviewed. The theoretical framework was elaborated from Giddens’ discussion on individuals’ self-reflexivity and the construction of the self-identity in the late modern age. The respondents’ narratives were analyzed in four themes: (1) To be big and strong – masculine self-identity; (2) Revenge and to become a part of a community; (3) AAS and training as an “exit” from risk behavior and substance use; (4) Euphoria generator and anxiety reducer. The themes were analyzed as different processes of the respondents’ constructions of new self-identities and lifestyles using their reflexive bodies in body regimes where weight training and use of AAS were crucial.

Translated title of the contributionPositive experiences of doping: A qualitative study of AAS-use and reflexive bodies
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)146-162
JournalNAD Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Volume39
Issue number2
Early online date2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sport and Fitness Sciences
  • Applied Psychology

Free keywords

  • AAS
  • Anabolic Androgenic Steroids
  • Doping
  • Giddens
  • Lifestyle
  • Masculinity
  • Reflexive bodies
  • Self identity

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