(Un)Becoming a Doping User

  • Jesper AndreassonEmail author
  • Thomas Johansson


In this chapter, the processes involved in becoming and ‘unbecoming’ a fitness doping user are analyzed. Employing a cultural and sociological perspective, we describe fitness dopers’ training background and beginnings at the gym. The chapter also touches on how fitness dopers gradually develop their knowledge about doping and how the process of becoming a user is negotiated in relation to ideas and ideals surrounding health, gender, individual freedom, and the law. To appreciate the sometimes complicated transition processes involved in becoming as well as unbecoming a fitness doper, we highlight the limitations of using stage models as heuristic tools to understand exit process. Furthermore, the chapter argue for the necessity to investigate the negotiations of fitness doping, taking place in the intersection between subcultural affiliations/spaces, doping legislation and mainstream perceptions of living a ‘Normal’ life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sport ScienceLinnaeus UniversityKalmarSweden
  2. 2.Department of Education, Communication and LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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