Veganism a status passage: the process of becoming a vegan among youths in Sweden
2003 (English)In: Appetite, ISSN 0195-6663, E-ISSN 1095-8304, Vol. 41, no 1, 61-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In a town in northern Sweden, 3.3% of the 15-year-old adolescents were vegans in 1996. This study describes the process of becoming a vegan among adolescents and interprets the informants' descriptions by constructing categories, which later on were related to relevant theories. Group interviews were conducted with three vegans and in-depth interviews were performed with three other vegan adolescents. The methodology was grounded theory and the adolescents' perceptions were analyzed in the framework of symbolic interactionism. Three types of vegans were identified: the Conformed Vegan, the Organized Vegan, and the Individualistic Vegan. The decision to become a vegan was reported to be influenced by perceived internal reasons such as ethics, health, distaste for meat, and preference for vegetarian food. In addition, friends, family, school, media, and music influenced the decision to become a vegan. The perceived consequences of becoming a vegan were positive as well as negative and differed between the three types of vegans. Veganism as a new type of status passage with specific characteristics was illustrated. No modifications or new properties were discovered that add to the theory of status passage which indicates that the general model is applicable also in a vegan context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 41, no 1, 61-67 p.
vegan, adolescents, status passage
Nutrition and Dietetics
Research subject Food and Nutrition
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12160DOI: 10.1016/S0195-6663(03)00045-XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12160DiVA: diva2:151831